Dover Town Council has achieved Fairtrade Town status for Dover for the past 5 years. In partnership with other interested members, a steering group was formed to take this forward.
What is Fairtrade?
The FAIRTRADE Mark is an independent consumer label which appears on products as an independent guarantee that disadvantaged producers in the developing world are getting a better deal. For a product to display the FAIRTRADE Mark it must meet international Fairtrade standards. These standards are set by the international certification body Fairtrade Labelling Organisations International (FLO).
Producer organisations that supply Fairtrade products are inspected and certified by FLO. They receive a minimum price that covers the cost of sustainable production and an extra premium that is invested in social or economic development projects.
The Fairtrade Foundation
The Fairtrade Foundation licenses the FAIRTRADE Mark to products in the UK which meet FLO standards. The supplier (brand-owner or main national distributor) must sign the Foundation’s Licence Agreement which provides a licence to use the Mark.
Our Fairtrade Pledge
Promoting Fairtrade to the public in this way shows a commitment by the town to a fairer and more sustainable way of life for third world producers and their communities. Businesses and Organisations can support the campaign by selling or serving Fairtrade products.
Dover Town Council will provide you with information to purchase and promote your fair-trade products and to make the public aware of the fair-trade produce that your business can offer them. The Council asks in return that you pledge your support for the campaign by displaying a sign in your window and by having leaflets inside for staff and customers explaining the principle behind Fairtrade.
When status is achieved the campaign will continue to be supported by the steering group to maintain a high profile for Fairtrade within the town. Find out more about Fairtrade.