Flintshire celebrates Fairtrade Fortnight
As part of Fairtrade Fortnight, which is running from 23 February to 8 March,
Flintshire is celebrating ten years of its status as a Fairtrade County.
In December 2003, the Flintshire County Councils then Executive supported the
decision for a group of local people to pursue the status of Fairtrade County
for Flintshire. This year marks a decade of the county having Fairtrade
status, which needs to be renewed every two years.
Flintshires Fairtrade Coalition was awarded Fairtrade status having encouraged
the purchase of goods directly from producers in developing countries. The
County Council is part of that coalition and, for its part, serves Fairtrade
tea and coffee at all its meetings.
Chair of Flintshire County Council, Councillor Glenys Diskin, said:
“The Flintshire coalition is encouraging everyone to support Fairtrade and we
are asking outlets to sell or serve Fairtrade products. Fairtrade is not a
charity, but is about allowing people to help themselves by gaining a fair and
reasonable price for the products they produce. Products are of a high
quality, and they are available on our High Streets from most major retailers.
They include tea, sugar, coffee, chocolate, wine and bananas.”
The Fairtrade mark of products:
- guarantees farmers a fair and stable price for their products which helps
- guarantees extra income for farmers and plantation workers to improve their
lives by providing water supplies and schools for children
- guarantees greater respect for the environment - many growing practices are
- guarantees small farmers a stronger position in world markets helping them to
- guarantees no forced child labour.