Newcastle Fairtrade Partnership
Newcastle is proud to have been a Fairtrade City since 2003. When we achieved Fairtrade status we were one of the first cities in the country to become a Fairtrade City.
To be a Fairtrade city we need to develop an action plan around five goals:
- The Council resolves to support Fairtrade, serve Fairtrade products and act as the City’s flagship employer.
- Fairtrade products are readily available in local shops and served in cafes and catering establishments.
- Workplaces and community organisations support Fairtrade and use Fairtrade products where possible.
- Events and media coverage raise awareness and understanding of Fairtrade across the community.
- A Fairtrade steering group representing a range of local organisations and sectors meets regularly to develop and gain support for Fairtrade City.
In Newcastle, our steering group is known as the Newcastle Fairtrade Partnership. Each member of the Newcastle Fairtrade Partnership is responsible for the delivery of the Fairtrade Action Plan and for encouraging other individuals and organisations to participate in Fairtrade activities. The Fairtrade Foundation’s 2016 – 2020 strategy “Changing Trade, Changing Lives: Fairtrade Can” is seeking new ways to increase the impact and benefits of trade for marginalised farmers and workers by: focussing on impact, making Fairtrade personal, improving and innovating, and strengthening the organisation.
The Newcastle Fairtrade Partnership is using these goals, which are linked to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), to provide structure to our action plan. We are always keen to recruit new members. If you are interested in becoming a member of the partnership, and advancing the Fairtrade agenda in Newcastle, please get in touch.