Bradford on Avon is part of the Wiltshire Fairtrade Coalition, which was Highly Commended for Outstanding Achievement Award. We were presented with the certificate by Fairtrade Foundation Executive Director Harriet Lamb CBE, at the national Fairtrade Supporter Conference at Aston University on 15 October 2011.
The Fairtrade Fortnight Awards, sponsored by the Co-operative Group, recognise the achievements and creativity of Fairtrade campaigners and supporters during the annual two-week Fairtrade Fortnight campaign, this year held from 28th February – 13th March 2011.
The Wiltshire Fairtrade Coalition also scooped £600 to be reinvested in the campaign to bring a fair wage to farmers and workers, through purchasing products the FAIRTRADE Mark and campaigning against unfair trade rules.
The award recognises the success of the visit to Wiltshire of banana farmer, Philemon Allen, who spent a day in Bradford, presenting our Fairtrade Town renewal certificate to Mayor Isabel Martindale, meeting shoppers in the town Centre, Sainsbury’s and the Co-op, and having lunch in the Cottage Café with our MP Duncan Hames. In all, Philemon spoke to Fairtrade town groups, churches, colleges and schools in ten towns in the county, and inspired more towns to start working towards Fairtrade Town status.
Veronica Pasteur, competition judge and Head of Campaigns at the Fairtrade Foundation said:
‘Yet again, we were overwhelmed with more entries than ever displaying the incredible creativity, hard work and community spirit of Fairtrade campaigners across the UK. It’s not easy singling out winners from such a huge and inspiring network of activists, but the winners should feel proud that their activities are reaching more people than ever before with the Fairtrade message, and take action in their daily lives to support marginalised farmers to get a better deal, for themselves and their communities.’
The full list of the winners is as follows, with further details available at www.fairtrade.org.uk/fortnightawards2011:
- Outstanding Achievement Award: Bristol Fairtrade Network
- Highly commended: Wiltshire Fairtrade Coalition
- Most Creative Show-Off: Carmel College
- Runner-Up: Fairtrade Lichfield
- Best Media Campaign: Fairtrade Lingfield & Dormansland
- Runner Up: Devizes Fairtrade Group
- Best Outreach and Networking: Bexhill Fairtrade Town Committee
- Runners-up: Salford City Fairtrade Steering Group & Woking Fairtrade Action Network
- Best Cotton Activity: Riverside School of Performing Arts
- Runner Up: Paisley Fairtrade Partnership
Notes to Editors
1. The FAIRTRADE Mark is a certification mark and a registered trademark of Fairtrade Labelling Organisations International (FLO) of which the Fairtrade Foundation is the UK member. The Fairtrade Foundation is an independent certification body which licenses the use of the FAIRTRADE Mark on products which meet international Fairtrade standards. This independent consumer label is now recognised by 77% of UK consumers and appears on products as a guarantee that disadvantaged producers are getting a better deal. Today, more than 7.5 million people – farmers, workers and their families – across 58 developing countries benefit from the international Fairtrade system.
2. Fairtrade Fortnight is promoted by networks around the country including businesses, charities, student groups, churches and other faith-based organisations. Thousands of people organized events all over the country to raise awareness of Fairtrade, and the impact choosing products with the FAIRTRADE Mark has on farming communities in less developed countries.
3. Over 4,500 products have been licensed to carry the FAIRTRADE Mark including coffee, tea, herbal teas, chocolate, cocoa, sugar, bananas, grapes, pineapples, mangoes, avocados, apples, pears, plums, grapefruit, lemons, oranges, satsumas, clementines, mandarins, lychees, coconuts, dried fruit, juices, smoothies, biscuits, cakes & snacks, honey, jams & preserves, chutney & sauces, rice, quinoa, herbs & spices, seeds, nuts & nut oil, wines, beers, rum, confectionary, muesli, cereal bars, yoghurt, ice-cream, flowers, sports balls, sugar body scrub and cotton products including clothing, homeware, cloth toys, cotton wool and olive oil.
4. There are now more than 525 Fairtrade Towns and Cities across the UK, as well as 140 Fairtrade Universities, 4,000 schools, more than 6,000 Fairtrade Churches, and 39 Fairtrade Synagogues.
5. The co-operative Group are the official sponsors of the 2011 awards, enabling cash prizes to be paid to all winners and runners up, to be reinvested in their campaigns. http://www.co-operative.coop/