Bolton has successfully renewed its Fairtrade status for two years, following its ongoing commitment to promoting Fairtrade principles.
The borough was first awarded Fairtrade status in February 2003 in recognition of the strong support for Fairtrade within the town and the achievement of the 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.
Currently there are 286 places in Bolton which use or offer fairly traded products. Stores, cafes, restaurants, workplaces, faith communities, schools and colleges are involved in this campaign to promote Fairtrade in Bolton.
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.
The Mayor of Bolton, Councillor Carole Swarbrick, is pictured receiving the the renewal Certificate on behalf of the borough from the Fairtrade Foundation by the Vice Chair of the Fairtrade in Bolton Steering Group, Jim Sherrington.
The award was presented at a Fairtrade breakfast event in the town hall during Fairtrade Fortnight (29 Feb – 13 Mar). Pictured with them is Jackie Tomlinson, shop manager at Justicia, a Bolton centre social enterprise operating as a not-for-profit company and providing many Fairtrade goods. Council staff raised £72.88 for the Fairtrade Foundation by making and selling Fairtrade food.