Did you know that towns can actually be awarded with Fair trade status? A town which is rewarded with this recognition has proven its commitment to support the Fair trade movement. They do this basically by using products with the Fairtrade mark, among other goals which I'll talk about later in this article.
Any area that wants to can try to achieve Fair trade status, but everyone needs to work towards this goal in unison.
Garstand in Lacashire was originally declare the very first Fair trade town. After them, many other towns have followed suit. Now there are over 400 Fair trade towns in all, as well as 200+ more currently working towards Fair trade status.
Let's talk more about how your town can achieve Fair Trade status.
There are 5 primary goals which each town needs to meet in order to be considered for approval. They're easily remembered as the "Five C's":
4. Common Consensus
I'll go into these a bit more in detail, starting with the top.
1. Council. Council reiterates to the first goal where the local town council must pass a resolution that supports the Fair trade movement, and all agree to use Fair trade products (like in local official meetings, public offices, etc …). When making your application, include a copy of the precise word of the resolution that was passed by the council.
2. Commerce. Fair trade products must be available in local retail outlets. These should include local shops, retail markets, gas stations, restaurants, bars, etc .. When creating the Fairtrade application, include the locations of all retail outlets that currently sell Fair trade products.
3. Community. Local community groups should support Fair trade and use Fair trade products whenever they can. Community groups include schools, churches, etc … You'll need to show how many community groups in your area currently support the Fair trade movement, so make it as many as possible.
4. Common Consensus. There should be some form of media coverage and / or events that will raise the local awareness for the current Fair trade movement that's going on on in the town. This will help the populace get energized about the campaign. Keep track of all of the media coverage regarding the Fair trade campaign, you're going to need it later for your application.
5. Captains. A Fair trade leadership group is established to make sure that the Fair trade campaign within the town continues to grow and attract local support. This is the last and most important step to make sure the Fair trade campaign achieves longevity. With the application, include a list of all of these group members, their roles within the group, as well as full contact details.
After all these goals are met you'll need to submit an application with fairtrade.org.uk. In order to get your application approved make sure you follow the tips listed by each goal.