Fairtrade is an initiative that encourages sustainable international development by paying a fair price direct to growers in developing countries for their products.

Fairtrade aims to ensure safe working conditions and environmental responsibility, and reduce poverty by providing stable market conditions.

A Fairtrade Town is a community that supports Fairtrade and understands the benefits Fairtrade brings to farmers and shoppers. Fairtrade status is a programme in the UK that recognises boroughs and towns that promote Fairtrade products in their area.

Stanford-le-Hope and Corringham: a Fairtrade Town

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’. A number of goals had to be achieved before Fairtrade Town status was awarded, which included:

  • getting many as people as possible involved, from the council, cafés, businesses, schools, local newspapers, community groups and volunteers
  • auditing local retail and catering outlets to find out where and what Fairtrade products were being sold
  • attending local schools to talk about Fairtrade
  • attending events and giving away samples of Fairtrade food that had been donated by a local supermarket

For more information, go to the Fairtrade website.