Fairtrade changes the way trade works through better prices, decent working conditions and a fair deal for farmers and workers in developing countries. It makes a difference to the lives of people who grow the things we buy.
A Fairtrade Town is a community that supports Fairtrade and understands the benefits Fairtrade brings to farmers and shoppers. Fairtrade status recognises boroughs and towns in the UK that promote Fairtrade products in their area.
Stanford-le-Hope and Corringham were awarded Fairtrade Town status in December 2012.
Volunteers came together to form the ‘Stanford and Corringham Fairtrade Steering Group’. To get Fairtrade status, the group had to:
- get as many as people as possible involved from the council, cafés, businesses, schools, local newspapers, community groups and volunteers
- audit local shops and catering outlets to find out where and what Fairtrade products were being sold
- attend local schools to talk about Fairtrade
- attend events and give away samples of Fairtrade food that had been donated by a local supermarket
For more information, go to Fairtrade Foundation: Fairtrade towns.