Fair Trade Steering Group

Constitution for Fair Trade Steering Group: Brighton & Hove in Sussex

To support, encourage and celebrate Fair Trade, so that Brighton & Hove becomes well known as a place that fosters and is closely associated with Fair Trade. To encourage a varied, creative and engaging programme of activities.

  1. To inform, promote and raise awareness of Fair Trade among residents, in particular the idea of becoming Fair Trade Citizens. To ensure our promotion of Fair Trade in Brighton & Hove is enthusiastic, positive and engaging.
  2. To encourage local businesses, the council and other organisations to be ambassadors for Fair Trade, by buying Fair Trade where possible and by helping us to communicate the Fair Trade message to consumers.
  3. To collaborate to create local partnerships so that businesses and organisations can share benefits from their joint support of Fair Trade. By working together, to encourage Fair Trade to become part of their structure and ingrained in their thinking.
  4. To encourage Community groups, e.g. clubs, churches, schools, and universities to actively promote and include Fair Trade in their activities.
  5. To support schools, universities and all educational centres to include Fair Trade in their curriculum, ensuring it is taught in exciting and innovative ways, so that students become enthusiastic proponents of Fair Trade.
  6. To show how Fair Trade complements Environmental Sustainability, and to ensure that Fair Trade is at the forefront of the Council’s Sustainability remit.
  7. To maintain our Fairtrade City Status by continuing to commit to the five goals laid down by the Fairtrade Foundation.

The five goals are:

a)     Local council passes a resolution supporting Fairtrade, and agrees to serve Fairtrade products (for example, in meetings, offices and canteens). You can find Brighton & Hove council’s Fair Trade page here: http://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/index.cfm?request=c1118561

b)     A range of Fairtrade products are readily available in the area’s retail outlets (shops, supermarkets, newsagents and petrol stations) and served in local catering outlets (cafes, restaurants, pubs).

c)      Local workplaces and community organisations (places of worship, schools, universities, colleges and other community organisations) support Fairtrade and use Fairtrade products whenever possible. A flagship employer is required
for populations over 100,000.

d)     Media coverage and events raise awareness and understanding of Fairtrade across the community.

e)     A local Fairtrade steering group is convened to ensure the Fairtrade Town campaign continues to develop and gain new support.

Download our action plan for 2015-2016