Thanet Fair Trade Island

Thanet is a Fairtrade Island.

Thanet first achieved Fairtrade Island status in February 2008 and has been successfully renewed every two years (in 2010, 2012 and 2015).

Council Chairman, Cllr. Rev. Stuart Piper was presented with a certificate by Charlotte Taggart, Chairman of the Thanet Fairtrade Initiative, on 8 October 2015.

The certificate recognises this status and is displayed in the Thanet Gateway Plus.

The purpose of Fairtrade is to help tackle poverty in developing countries by ensuring that the farmers get a sustainable, fair price for the products such as tea, coffee, chocolate and bananas that we consume on a daily basis. 

The Criteria for Fairtrade Island Status

The Fairtrade Foundation is the umbrella organisation for all Fairtrade groups in the UK and awards Fairtrade status. 

The five criteria for the award are: 

  1. Local Council passes a resolution supporting Fairtrade, and agrees to serve Fairtrade products (for example coffee and tea at meetings, offices and canteens). 
  2. At least four Fairtrade product ranges are readily available in the area’s retail outlets (shops, supermarkets, newsagents, petrol stations) and two products served in local catering outlets (cafés, restaurants, pubs). 
  3. Local workplaces and community organisations (places of worship, schools, universities, colleges and other community organisations) support Fairtrade and use Fairtrade products whenever possible. 
  4. Media coverage and events raise awareness and understanding of Fairtrade across the community. 
  5. A local Fairtrade Steering Group be convened to develop the process of accreditation and to ensure continual commitment to its Fairtrade Town or Island status.

Note: Fair trade (as two words), means any fairly traded goods.  This includes a range of ethical organisations e.g. Rainforest Alliance, Body Shop etc

Fairtrade (one word), goods carry the FAIRTRADE Mark that guarantees, amongst other things, a fair price for the producer. 

Visit the Thanet Fairtrade Initiative website for more information and how you can get involved.

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Chairman of Thanet District Council Cllr Rev. Stuart Piper with members of the Thanet Fairtrade Initiative. 

From left to right: Honorary Treasurer Gordon Linsell, Honorary Chair Charlotte Tagart and member of the Steering Group Dilys Linsell.





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