Marlborough becomes a Fairtrade Town
Marlborough has been awarded Fairtrade status for its commitment to Fairtrade principles and practice. The award comes after a year-long campaign.
Prompted by this campaign, many retailers in Marlborough, including Waitrose and Tesco, have started to sell more than four Fairtrade products.
The Town Council passed a resolution agreeing to support Marlborough becoming a Fairtrade Town and is serving Fairtrade tea and coffee and the campaign has also secured support from the churches, faith groups and schools. The campaigners will continue to promote Fairtrade with businesses and retailers in the town.
Adam Gardner, Communities Campaigns Manager at the Fairtrade Foundation, said: “We are delighted to welcome Marlborough to the Fairtrade movement which now unites over 1,500 communities worldwide, taking practical steps to making a fairer world trade system a reality."
Allison Burden who led the campaign says this news is really encouraging: "It is the result of the Town Council, retailers and community campaigners coming together to commit to promoting, serving and selling Fairtrade products."
"It also represents an important contribution to small-scale farmers in the developing world, because Fairtrade ensures they earn stable incomes and have long-term contracts with companies.”
The announcement from the Fairtrade Foundation is timely since it falls during Fairtrade Fortnight when the big supermarkets in Marlborough are both promoting and increasing the variety of Fairtrade products they stock.
The award also falls well for the annual Marlborough Brandt lecture which is being given by Harriet Lamb who was Director of the UK's Fairtrade Foundation before becoming Director of Fairtrade International. She is now Director of the peace campaigning organisation International Alert.
Her lecture is on Thursday, March 10 in the Town Hall at 8pm and is entitled ‘To Bomb or not to Bomb...that is the Wrong Question’. Entry is free.