In December 2013 Dudley Council passed an updated resolution showing its commitment to Fairtrade which included a commitment to promoting the work of Fairtrade Towns and national Fairtrade Fortnight.
Currently the borough has two recognised Fairtrade towns in Stourbridge, thanks to the work of Stourbridge Fairtrade, and Sedgley Fairtrade Initiative.
The borough also has three Fairtrade schools, St James C of E Primary in Wollaston, St Mary's Roman Catholic Primary School in Brierley Hill and Oldswinford Primary School which received accreditation in December 2013.
Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world. By paying sustainable prices, producers receive a fair wage which allows them to improve their position and have more control over their lives.
Dudley Council is committed to contributing to the campaign to increase sales of Fairtrade products and is striving to achieve Fairtrade status for the borough as a whole. We support and promote the work of Stourbridge Fairtrade and Sedgley Fair Trade Initiative as part of this and we are keen to hear from businesses, schools, community groups and faith organisations who support Fairtrade so that we can work together to get us one step closer to becoming a Fairtrade borough. View the Fairtrade resolution made at full council in December 2013.
For more information on Fairtrade visit www.fairtrade.org.uk