Havant has now successfully maintained its status as a Fairtrade borough for another two years, thanks to the continued efforts of the Havant Fairtrade Group.
Havant Borough Council (HBC) is committed to using Fairtrade products at its meetings and within the Plaza as far as possible, and to encouraging retailers, cafes and restaurants in the borough to also sell or use a proportion of Fairtrade products.
The council is supporting the annual Fairtrade Fortnight that is now under way (27 February-12 March) and encourages all in the area to get involved and purchase Fairtrade products.
HBC received a Motion proposed by the Mayor of Havant Councillor Ponsonby and seconded by Councillor Francis seeking to support the Havant Fairtrade Group in its effort to maintain the borough’s recognised status as a Fairtrade borough.
Mrs Maureen Thompson, member of the Havant Fairtrade Group was given an opportunity to address the council in support of the motion and she presented the Mayor with a certificate in recognition of the borough’s ongoing status as a Fairtrade borough and thanked the council for its support.
Havant Borough Fairtrade Group has been meeting since 2004 with the aim of promoting Fairtrade products across the local area.
Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability and fair terms of trade for farmers and produce workers in developing countries.
The people who produce crops such as tea, fruit and vegetables are among the poorest in the world and are often exploited by traders.
Councillor Faith Ponsonby, Mayor of Havant, said: “Supporting Fairtrade products is one of the many ways that the council is working on sustainability within the borough.
“I recently helped distributed fairly sourced bananas, supplied by Fyffes from Columbia, with the Fairtrade group at the Meridian Centre. Following this, I was delighted to meet Santiago, a coffee farmer from Nicaragua, who told us what a difference Fairtrade had made to his area.
“We have had a great working relationship with the Havant Borough Fairtrade Group for a number of years and look forward to this continuing on and working together in the future.”