Rutland is proud to have been a Fairtrade County since 2007. Fairtrade status is awarded by the Fairtrade Foundation and is subject to a regular renewal process.
For Rutland to maintain its Fairtrade status it is necessary to demonstrate a high level of commitment to Fairtrade from across the community. In addition to support from the local authority, Fairtrade products must have the backing of shops, restaurants, businesses, clubs and schools.
What is Fairtrade?
Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world.
Fairtrade ensures that producers receive a guaranteed minimum price for their produce. In this way Fairtrade protects producers from fluctuations in world markets.
Over and above the Fairtrade price, the Fairtrade Premium is an additional sum of money which goes into a communal fund for workers and farmers to use, as they see fit, to improve their social, economic and environmental conditions. The Fairtrade Premium makes Fairtrade unique.
Fairtrade also promotes sustainable production and environmentally friendly practices, such as improving soil and water quality, prohibiting harmful chemicals and encouraging biodiversity.
Rutland Fairtrade Forum
The push for greater use and recognition of Fairtrade products locally is led by the Rutland Fairtrade Forum, with support from Rutland County Council and the Town Councils of Oakham and Uppingham.
The Rutland Fairtrade Forum works with local business, schools and community organisations to promote Fairtrade. The Forum organises a series of events during the year, including an annual Fairtrade Christmas market.
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Additional information, including extensive resources for schools and businesses, is available from the Fairtrade Foundation. Please visit the Fairtrade Website