The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead has had its Fairtrade Borough status renewed by the Fairtrade Foundation.
The title that covers the whole of the Royal Borough has been achieved because the council and a significant number of retail and catering outlets and community organisations such as schools and places of worship, are all supporting Fairtrade.
The Borough has held this status since 9 March 2006 and it is reviewed every 2/3 years. This latest status will stay current until at least 2019.
The RBWM Fairtrade Steering Group, made up of local volunteers has been working continuously on this campaign and are delighted with the success of the latest renewal bid.
Dianne Redvers, chair of RBWM Fairtrade Steering Group said: “Buying products with the Fairtrade logo on guarantees that farmers in developing countries will get a fair wage for the products they grow.
“In addition to this the farmers are paid a premium to invest into developing their own communities that include schools, hospitals and infrastructure.
“There are now around 600 Fairtrade Towns in the UK and we are delighted the Royal Borough is committed once more to help farmers move out of poverty by being part of this group.”
A certificate confirming the renewed status was presented to Cllr Samantha Rayner, the council’s lead member for culture and communities on Thursday 13 July at Clewer Green C of E Aided First School in Windsor. Year three pupils also presented a special assembly on Fairtrade, what it means and how it can benefit the Royal Borough and developing countries.
Cllr Samantha Rayner said: “This is a wonderful accolade to have and I am so pleased that the Royal Borough has proven itself once again. I would like to thank Dianne and her team for all their hard work to get this status renewed.
"I was particularly excited to hear how Fairtrade is being discussed in schools and to see how passionate the next generation are about it.”
Dianne added: “We are always keen to recruit new members to our steering group to help reach a wider audience."
Anyone interested in joining the group or want to find out more should email Dianne: [email protected] or alternatively see the groups’ Facebook page, RBWM Fairtrade Steering Group.
General information about Fairtrade Borough Status