OVER the next few weeks, the Solihull News will be looking at some of the bodies, groups and local businesses which are taking part in Solihull Council’s Environment Day (June 13). First on our list is Fairtrade - a nationwide initiative which is becoming more and more important locally.
FOR the uninitiated, Fairtrade is fighting to make sure that workers in the developing world get a good deal.
In recent years, the Solihull Fairtrade Steering Group has been talking to local people about the scheme and the Fairtrade products which are already on sale.
And members received a major boost a couple of years ago, when Solihull Council voted to support the group in its efforts to win Fairtrade status for the borough.
To achieve this, a local authority must meet a number of different criteria – including making the food available in workplaces, shops and community groups.
And Solihull is well on its way. Tea and coffee served at council meeting is now Fairtrade and there has been a drive to introduce products to local pupils – 79 different primary and secondary schools now enjoy Fairtrade bananas.
Coun Kate Wild, cabinet member for community services, said: “We believe that we have a responsibility to do our bit to ensure that workers in some of the poorest parts of the world get a fair price for their products and have decent working conditions. We encourage residents to come along and find out more.”
To find out more about Fairtrade products call 0121 704 8000.
* Fairtrade facts
* The main aim of Fairtrade is to secure better prices, decent working conditions and a better deal for workers in some of the world’s poorest countries.
* Over 3000 different Fairtrade products are available for sale across the UK.
* There’s more details about Fairtrade at www.fairtrade.org.uk.