Lincoln is marking its ninth year of fair trade, now with over 80 local businesses supporting the global campaign.
Lincoln first gained Fairtrade city status in 2013, after achieving five goals to support the movement. Which include serving Fairtrade products, ensuring at least four Fairtrade products ranges are readily available in local retail outlets, ensuring local workplaces and community organisations support Fairtrade, alongside having regular Fairtrade meetings.
Contributing to 7million people including producers, workers and their families who have benefited from the Fairtrade Foundation.
Fairtrade is an arrangement designed to help producers in developing countries to achieve sustainable fair-trade deals by following three simple principles: maintain long-term direct trading relationships, payment of fair prices. No child labour, forced or otherwise exploited labour.
Local supporting businesses can be identified through window stickers that should be displayed on their premises.
The Lincoln Fairtrade community ask citizens to attend Fairtrade’s ‘Choose the World You Want,’ online festival to “engage, inform and educate,” people about the harmful effects of the climate crisis on farmers and food suppliers.
The online festival will go on between February 22nd, March 7th hosting events designed to encourage people to think more ethically about their food sources.
“Due to Covid-19, we have been forced to deliver this online, however, we are hopeful due to ease of access that the festival will reach a wider number of residents across the city.”
“I would suggest having a look on the Fairtrade Foundation website as there is a wealth of information and firsthand accounts from farmers explaining how buying fairtrade has supported them and their families,” said Scott Lea, City of Lincoln Council Policy support officer.