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Hartlepool Partnership rallies for Fairtrade support

Published: Friday 15th August 2008

Hartlepool Partnership rallies for Fairtrade support

HARTLEPOOL Fairtrade Town Steering Group is calling on local residents and businesses to rally together and help retain the town's Fairtrade status.

HARTLEPOOL Fairtrade Town Steering Group is calling on local residents and businesses to rally together and help retain the town's Fairtrade status.


Following a report by Martin Green updating Hartlepool Partnership Board Members on the progress the town has made since gaining Fairtrade Town status in 2004, local residents and businesses alike have shown their full support for buying and selling Fairtrade products aimed at helping producers in developing countries get a better deal from international trade.
Hartlepool has been one of 300 Fairtrade Towns in the UK that has committed itself to supporting Fairtrade and products using the FAIRTRADE Mark and since its launch in 1994, Fairtrade have established themselves as a credible and independent consumer guarantee for a range of products certified in over 20 national markets across Europe, North America, Japan, Australia, New Zealand and Mexico.


Hartlepool's bid to retain Fairtrade Town status follows successful visits from a Fairtrade Cashew Nut Grower from El Salvador, who spoke to students and businesses at Grays Bistro at Hartlepool College of Further Education.

Award winning journalist for the BBC and patron of the Fairtrade Foundation, George Alagiah also visited the town and spoke at a multi-faith meeting at the Hartlepool Nasir Mosque.  He outlined the importance of the Fairtrade organisation.


"When I was given the opportunity to become a patron of the Fairtrade Foundation I jumped at it because it was an opportunity to be part of the solution."

By choosing to support Fairtrade, local residents and businesses can play their part in ensuring that a system of standards and trade is upheld in building a sustainable future for 5million people in over 58 developing countries and contributing in sending out a clear message to the rest of the world.

To continue as a Fairtrade town, Hartlepool must meet a number of goals:

  • A range of Fairtrade products must be readily available in the area's shops and served in local cafes and catering establishments;
  • Fairtrade products must be used by a number of local work places, educational establishment, faith communities and other community organisations;
  • Attract media coverage and organise events to gain popular support for the campaign.

To find out how you and your organisation can promote Fairtrade and help Hartlepool to retain its Fairtrade Town status please visit Hartlepool's local fairtrade website.  You can also find advice and creative ideas on the international Fairtrade website .

To demonstrate that Hartlepool has met the goal that fairtrade products are widely used in the town, we'd be grateful  if you could fill in one of our questionnaires and tell us about how you use fairtrade products.