Watford residents are being encouraged to take part in Fairtrade Fortnight

People in Watford are being encouraged to ‘Choose the world you want’ and take part in Fairtrade Fortnight from 22 February until 7 March 2021...

Published: Wednesday, 17th February 2021 Fairtrade 2

Watford was first awarded the ‘Fairtrade’ status in 2007 after many years of hard work from the Watford Fairtrade Steering Group, Watford Borough Council and local businesses. Since the status was first awarded, the group’s great efforts have resulted in the status being renewed year-on-year.

And this year, to celebrate the achievement, the Watford Fairtrade Steering Group are hoping to spread the message out into the community about the benefits that buying Fairtrade marked products could bring not only to our own community, but those across the world. The group will also raise awareness of the growing challenges that climate change brings to farmers and workers in the communities Fairtrade works with.

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Elected Mayor of Watford, Peter Taylor said “It is fantastic that the town has maintained its Fairtrade status for 14 years running. This great achievement reflects the hard work, commitment and huge efforts of the Watford Fairtrade Steering Group, as well as the businesses and communities who’ve embraced the ethical movement.

Fairtrade Fortnight is a chance for everyone living and working in Watford to confirm their support for fellow workers all over the world.  Simple changes such as buying Fairtrade goods in shops can make a major difference on the lives of those who need it. Producers all around the world deserve to be fairly paid for their work and should be supported through organisations such as Fairtrade.”

Watford Fairtrade Group Chair Councillor Rabi Martins said “Fairtrade Fortnight is a time thousands of groups come together and share stories of farmers, drinks – especially coffee – producers and cotton weavers and even gold mine workers. Most of these stories highlight how poorly these workers would be paid and treated, but local Fairtrade corporations and towns like Watford are vital to help all these workers get a fair price for their goods.”

Thanks to the Fairtrade movement, families across Africa, Asia, South America and the Pacific can now put food on their tables; send their children to school and access clean water and health-care on a regular basis. For more information, please visit www.fairtrade.org.uk

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