Manchester has recently renewed its status as a Fairtrade City, a status first awarded in 2005.
During this year’s Fairtrade Fortnight (Monday 25 February - Sunday 10 March) Manchester City Council alongside partner organisations in the city will be voicing its support for and will be renewing its commitment to Fairtrade.
With the support of the Co-op - who have supported Fairtrade for 25 years - the Council will be championing Fairtrade in the city, promoting its benefits, and encouraging retailers and customers to choose and support Fairtrade products, as well as supporting other fair and ethical trade movements.
Fairtrade is a global movement whose ultimate objective is to help producers in developing countries achieve better trading conditions. The scheme connects disadvantaged farmers and workers with consumers and requires companies to pay sustainable prices for their produce.
In achieving Fairtrade city status Manchester has committed to encourage further pledges from the city’s residents and businesses to take action in supporting Fairtrade.
Councillor Angeliki Stogia, Manchester City Council’s Executive Member for Environment, Planning and Transport, said: “Manchester has supported Fairtrade over many years and we’ll be renewing our commitment in this year’s Fairtrade Fortnight.”
“Supporting Fairtrade helps support some of the world's poorest people to take control of their own futures and lead the dignified lives they deserve. Lets celebrate the difference we can all make to struggling lives and communities by choosing Fairtrade's healthy, tasty, sustainable and ethical food and products.”
Manchester City Council is committed to fair and ethical trade movements, which entails purchasing through suppliers and contractors who are continuously working at improving labour and environmental standards in their supply chains. And the council will be encouraging more businesses in the city to follow suit.
With 25 years of Fairtrade support behind Co-op, the business will support Manchester Council to champion Fairtrade in Manchester.
Sarah Wakefield, Sustainable Sourcing and Fairtrade Manager at Co-op said: “Fairtrade lies at the heart of our values at Co-op and we’re proud to be pioneers, championing what we believe is right.
“This Fairtrade Fortnight we are encouraging our customers and members to make a pledge and swap just one product they purchase a week, to being a Fairtrade product. By making this one switch we together can make a big difference to the lives of millions. Our customers can really enjoy the taste of Fairtrade chocolate or cup of coffee, knowing it’s helping to change the lives of farmers and producers around the world.”