The town was first awarded Fairtrade status in 2007 for its strong support for Fairtrade within the borough and the achievement of five qualifying goals, such as a wide availability of Fairtrade products in local shops and catering outlets, high levels of support from local people, businesses, the council, faith groups and schools.
Councillor Julia Rostron, chair of the Middlesbrough Fairtrade Steering Group, said: “I’m delighted that Middlesbrough has once again been awarded Fairtrade Town status.
“It’s further recognition of the town’s ongoing commitment to promoting Fairtrade principles, and how those reflect the values of the people who live and work here.
“We will continue to support the hard work of all those who promote Fairtrade and the good work that the Fairtrade premium does for farmers and their families.”
Adam Gardner, Communities Campaigns Manager at the Fairtrade Foundation, said: “We’re very pleased that Middlesbrough have renewed their Fairtrade status and laid out clear exciting goals to take Fairtrade further.
“Thanks to the ongoing support of the public and campaigners, an increasing number of farmers in developing countries are now selling their products on Fairtrade terms, bringing them a stable income, and the chance to trade their way out of poverty.”
Fairtrade helps small-scale farmers ensure they earn stable incomes and have long-term contracts with companies. In addition, they earn the Fairtrade Premium, which they invest as the farmer-owned co-operative democratically chooses, in projects that will benefit their business or community.
The Fairtrade Mark independently certifies that products meet economic, social and environmental standards. As such, it is the most widely recognised ethical mark worldwide.
- For more information about the Fairtrade Mark and how to apply for Fairtrade status, visit www.fairtrade.org.uk