- Newham Fairtrade - 


- Newham Fairtrade -
Come to our Comedy Night on 28th February for Fairtrade Fortnight. For information on our programme of events see the News and Events Page Find us on Facebook and Twitter! What is the Newham Fairtrade Network?

The Newham Fairtrade Network is working to raise awareness about the issues surrounding Fairtrade and we hope that more local businesses will offer Fairtrade products as an option where possible. In doing this, businesses can be included in our upcoming directory of shops, cafes and businesses in the borough that offer Fairtrade products to its customers and staff.

The FAIRTRADE Mark exists to support producers who suffer under unfair trade rules that keep millions of people in poverty. The FAIRTRADE Mark on a product (such as tea, coffee, sugar or bananas for example) ensures that the producers were paid a fair wage by buying direct at better prices and they are also paid a ‘premium’ which goes back into the community and can go into a variety of different projects depending on local needs.

We campaign to encourage more people to choose Fairtrade products when available and to show how a small action like choosing such a product can make positive changes in the lives of people in developing countries.

In March 2008 the London Borough of Newham was awarded Fairtrade Borough Status, in order for this to be achived, the following goals had to be met -The local council must pass a resolution supporting Fairtrade, and serve Fairtrade coffee and tea at its meetings and in offices and canteens. A range of Fairtrade products must be readily available in the area's shops and served in local cafés and catering establishments (targets are set in relation to population) Fairtrade products must be used by a number of local work places (estate agents, hairdressers etc) and community organisations (churches, schools etc) Attract media coverage and popular support for the campaign A local Fairtrade steering group must be convened to ensure continued commitment to Fairtrade Town status, in Newham this is the Newham Fairtrade Network. In October 2008 London was declared the world's largest Fairtrade City. For more information on the Fairtrade London campaign go to www.fairtradelondon.org.uk 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.