Wolverhampton is celebrating a decade of Fairtrade after maintaining the honour for the 10th consecutive year.

The city was first awarded Fairtrade status by the Fairtrade Foundation in 2004, and has successfully upheld it continuously every 2 years.

The Partnership is thanking individuals, organisations, businesses, retailers and schools for helping the city to reach this prestigious milestone.

The Wolverhampton Fairtrade Partnership works with the local community as well as with national and international organisations to promote Fairtrade. Their achievements have been recognised nationally by the Fairtrade Foundation after winning the Fairtrade Campaign Award for Best Outreach and Networking in 2012.

In addition, a member of the Wolverhampton Fairtrade Partnership has recently become the West Midlands representative on the National Campaign Committee of the Fairtrade Foundation.

Six schools in the City have now achieved Fairtrade Status with several more working towards it.

The Mayor of Wolverhampton, Councillor Milkinder Jaspal, said: "I am proud of Wolverhampton's status as a Fairtrade City, and it's only right that we recognise the support and continued efforts of local people, organisations, businesses and schools who are working hard to promote Fairtrade or are buying/selling Fairtrade products here in the city.

"This 10 year milestone offers us a great opportunity to reflect on our shared values and ongoing commitment to this important movement."

Lord Bilston, Chair of the Wolverhampton Fairtrade Partnership, said: "I have been overwhelmed with the amount of generosity and good work that goes on to promote the Fairtrade message in Wolverhampton and I would like to thank everyone who contributes to these efforts.

"Our aim is to raise awareness of Fairtrade products and encourage Wolverhampton's residents, visitors and businesses to switch to Fairtrade. By choosing Fairtrade products, people can help to make a big difference to the lives of farmers in the developing world by ensuring they get a fair price for the food, flower and cotton products they produce."

The University of Wolverhampton is just one of a number of partners in the Wolverhampton Fairtrade Partnership. The University achieved Fairtrade status in 2008 and has received national awards for its work and support towards the cause.

Jon Elsmore, the University of Wolverhampton's Dean of Students, said: "We are delighted to be celebrating 10 years of support for Fairtrade. Our commitment to Fairtrade is one of our core values and we are proud to be active in support of the Wolverhampton City Fairtrade Partnership".

In recognition of a decade of activity, the Wolverhampton Fairtrade Partnership is busy organising a number of events to mark the anniversary. Once confirmed, details will be posted at Type=articles;Articleid=3253;Title=Fairtrade;.

  • released: Friday 17 January, 2014