Fairtrade aims to give better prices, decent working conditions and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world. Fairtrade addresses the injustices of modern trade, which can penalise the poorest producers. By getting companies to pay fair prices, it helps these producers to improve their position and have greater control over their own lives.
How we support Fairtrade
As an organisation, we support Fairtrade by:
- buying Fairtrade products when possible
- using tea and coffee products with the Fairtrade mark at meetings and civic events
- encouraging our catering contractors to use Fairtrade tea and coffee
- encouraging organisations hosting events in the City Hall to use of Fairtrade products
- integrating Fairtrade issues into our the council's Climate Plan
- raising awareness about Fairtrade among our employees and Belfast citizens
Fairtrade city status
Belfast has had Fairtrade City status from the UK Fairtrade Foundation (link opens in a new window) since 2005. Belfast was the first city to gain dual Fairtrade accreditation when we also received accreditation from Fairtrade Ireland (link opens in a new window) in 2006.
Belfast Fairtrade Steering Group
The group is responsible for maintaining Belfast's Fairtrade City status through continued promotion and awareness of Fairtrade. The group is for people interested in trade injustice and international development through Fairtrade. Group membership is open to the public. The group usually meets every two to three months to discuss ways to advance Fairtrade in Belfast and to support group members in achieving this.
Joining Belfast Fairtrade Steering Group
New members are welcome. If you are interested in joining the Belfast Fairtrade Steering Group, email email@example.com
The group's next meeting is on Monday 13 June from 4.30pm to 5.30pm. For meeting agendas and minutes, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Fairtrade Fortnight 2022
Fairtrade Fortnight takes place for two weeks each year at the end of February and the start of March. Individuals, companies and groups across the UK come together to share stories about the people who:
- grow our food
- produce the tea and coffee we drink
- mine our gold
- grow cotton for our clothes
These people are often exploited and underpaid.
The theme for 2022 was ‘Choose the World You Want’. The festival was online with over 50 virtual events taking place including panel discussions, bake-offs and coffee mornings. Supporters shared the power of Fairtrade. They discussed what needs to happen next to put farmers and workers front and centre of conversations on how to tackle the climate crisis.