A group of Eastbourne residents that come together to campaign on the injustices in the international market. They believe that trade could have an enormous positive impact in developing countries if it were used to benefit those most in need. By campaigning for Fairtrade we are taking responsibility for our shopping habits so that the producers down the line are treated fairly and can improve their lives.
Our Fairtrade Steering Group members are:
Matt Wilkinson - Group Chair
James Thomas - Secretary
Stephen Brown - Churches Co-ordinator, Vice Chair
Other Steering Group members:
What is Fairtrade ?
The Fairtrade Mark is an independent consumer label which appears on products as an independent guarantee that disadvantaged producers in the developing world are getting a better deal. For a product to display the Fairtrade Mark it must meet international Fairtrade standards. These standards are set by the international certification body Fairtrade Labelling Organisations International (FLO).
Producer organisations that supply Fairtrade products are inspected and certified by FLO. They receive a minimum price that covers the cost of sustainable production and an extra premium that is invested in social or economic development projects.
The Fairtrade Mark 5 guarantees:
The Fairtrade Mark guarantees farmers a fair and stable price for their products
The Fairtrade Mark guarantees extra income for farmers and estate workers to improve their lives.
The Fairtrade Mark guarantees a greater respect for the environment
The Fairtrade Mark guarantees small farmers a stronger position in world markets
The Fairtrade Mark guarantees a closer link between consumers and producers
What do we do in Eastbourne?
We reach out to the community, including businesses, schools, shoppers, churches, organisations and other campaign groups community, to boost awareness of Fairtrade and its aims. We want to see more Fairtrade products available and we want a genuine demand for Fairtrade locally. We are campaigning to make Eastbourne a Fairtrade Town and have put on different events across the town to promote Fairtrade. Check our campaign pages to see what we're up to.