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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.

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.  View the Fairtrade resolution.

How does a town gain Fairtrade status?

In order for a town to gain Fairtrade Town status it has to achieve five goals laid down by the Fairtrade Foundation

Our Fairtrade towns and schools

We currently have two recognised Fairtrade towns - Stourbridge and Sedgley.  We also have 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.

We welcome the work of supporters of the Fairtrade Foundation within the borough and support the efforts of all of our townships in their quest for Fairtrade Town Status. 

Sedgley Fairtrade Initiative

Sedgley Fairtrade Initiative is a campaign group which promotes Fairtrade and celebrates Fairtrade champions in the town. They successfully achieved Fairtrade status for the town of Sedgley in January 2015.

They run annual events during Fairtrade Fortnight including exhibitions, coffee mornings and Fairtrade stalls.

Stourbridge Fairtrade

Stourbridge Fairtrade campaigns to promote Fairtrade and increase understanding of its importance, easy availability and competitive pricing. The group works closely with local shops and suppliers in Stourbridge and first achieved Fairtrade status for the town in 2010, making Stourbridge one of 600 Fairtrade Town across the UK.

The group works closely with Dudley Council on Fairtrade Fortnight (held annually in February). Previous activities include running a banana art competition for local schoolchildren, hosting a fairtrade cake sale, running a fairtrade sampling session and and providing material for displays in the Council House.  The group, along with Sainsbury's Amblecote, has generously donated hampers of Fairtrade goodies to be raffled off in aid of the mayor's charities for the last three years, promoting the Fairtrade cause and raising money for local people too.

Stourbridge Fairtrade believe it is right and just to ensure farmers and producers in developing countries receive a fair wage for their products. The group meet several times a year and our purpose is to promote Fairtrade awareness whenever and however we can.

Stourbridge Fairtrade is grateful for the ongoing support it receives from Dudley Council.

Over the years Stourbridge Fairtrade Group have had the support of many groups, schools and individuals to numerous to mention individually and we continue to work with many of these groups. Stourbridge Chamber of Trade donated some wonderful pull-ups. Stourbridge needs 19 retail outlets and 9 cafes/restaurants to sell or offer at least 2 Fairtrade items. Certificates of Appreciation have been presented to all the establishments that were audited by the group. We are immensely grateful to the shops and cafes who sell and offer Fairtrade goods and for the people of Stourbridge who continue to ask for them.

For further information on Stourbridge Fairtrade group please contact: 

…wouldn’t it be wonderful if the whole of Dudley borough was Fairtrade?

For further information visit the Fairtrade Foundation.