Tonbridge Achieves Fairtrade Status
The Fairtrade Foundation has announced that Tonbridge has been awarded Fairtrade status for its commitment to Fairtrade principles. The news follows a two-year campaign, which saw Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council pass a resolution to support Tonbridge Town Team’s campaign to seek Fairtrade status for the town.
As part of the campaign, many retailers pledged to sell more than four Fairtrade products and more and more eateries began serving Fairtrade tea and coffee. The campaign also secured support from faith groups, schools and voluntary groups, as well as local businesses, which began promoting the Fairtrade message in their working practices. A steering group, chaired by Borough Councillor Frixos Tombolis, was formed several months ago to plan the campaign and encourage support.
Councillor Tombolis said: “People have been working incredibly hard to make all this happen and we are delighted we have now been granted Fairtrade Town status.
I would like to extend our thanks to all those who have supported our efforts.”
Town Team Chair, Howard Porter, added: “This has been a long process but the work really starts now. We will be promoting Fairtrade products more and more over the coming months and aim to make a big splash during Fairtrade Fortnight in February/March next year.”
Fairtrade helps small-scale farmers in developing countries ensure they earn decent incomes and have long-term contracts with companies. In addition, they earn the Fairtrade Premium, which they invest in vital business, social and environmental projects.
• Visit fairtrade.org.uk