Chesham is very proud to have been declared the first Fairtrade Town in Buckinghamshire in 2005. This was achieved by the Chesham4Fairtrade group, with support from the Town Council. You can also visit the Fairtrade Foundation’s site for nationwide information: www.fairtrade.org.uk
If you would like to get involved locally by taking part in events, or by making your workplace or school Fairtrade, please contact Kathryn Graves on 01494 583798, or email her on firstname.lastname@example.org.
What does Fairtrade mean?
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.
Producer organisations that supply Fairtrade products receive a minimum price that covers the cost of sustainable production and an extra premium that is invested in social or economic development projects.
What does it mean to be a Fairtrade town?
A town must achieve five goals to be awarded Fairtrade town status:
(1) The Town Council serves Fairtrade tea and coffee at its meetings and in its offices
(2) A range of Fairtrade products is available in the local shops, cafes and catering establishments
(3) Fairtrade products are used by a number of local work places and community organisations
(4) The campaign has media coverage and popular support in the town
(5) A local Fairtrade steering group is established