Blackpool renews Fairtrade status

Blackpool has once again earned Fairtrade status in recognition of its commitment to supporting the global organisation, which promotes fairer working conditions for overseas agriculture.

Blackpool Fairtrade

The programme helps small-scale farmers ensure they earn stable incomes and have long-term contracts with companies. In addition, they earn the Fairtrade Premium, which they invest as the farmer-owned co-operative democratically chooses, in projects that will benefit their business or community.

The Fairtrade Mark independently certifies that products meet economic, social and environmental standards. As such, it is the most widely recognised ethical mark worldwide.

Blackpool was first named a Fairtrade town in 2017 due to a wide availability of Fairtrade products in local shops and catering outlets, as well as high levels of support from local people, businesses, the council, faith groups and schools.

This has now been renewed for two further years.

Cllr Maria Kirkland, Blackpool Council’s cabinet member responsible for the Fairness Commission, said: "Fairtrade is something we can all take part in. People can make a big difference to the lives of farmers and workers around the world whether it’s through talking to others about the benefits of Fairtrade or swapping a regular product for a Fairtrade one.”

Layton ward councillor Martin Mitchell proposed the original motion for Blackpool to apply for the status and was the council’s representative on the steering committee throughout.

He said: “Fairtrade allows people, government and companies to choose whether to help food producers who need help most. It is right and proper that Blackpool supports the drive to make the world economy fair.”