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FOI 7850

Is Brentwood a Fairtrade Town?

Request

Is Brentwood still a FAIRTRADE town?
What does it have to do to prove that it is / and remains worthy of this status. What criteria does it have to fulfil?
Does this include certain standards of behaviour, ethics, and the upholding of certain moral principles in the local administration?
Please could you supply contact details for the body that awarded this status.
Please can you supply copies of the documents related to the bid for this status, and any responses / subsequent correspondence.

Response

Is Brentwood still a FAIRTRADE town? Yes the status was renewed in on 5 December 2012.

What does it have to do to prove that it is / and remains worthy of this status. What criteria does it have to fulfil?
• Local council passes a resolution supporting Fairtrade, and agrees to serve Fairtrade products (for example, in meetings, offices and canteen);
• A range of Fairtrade products are readily available in the area’s retail outlets (shops, supermarkets, newsagents and petrol stations) and served in local catering outlets (cafés, restaurants, pubs);
• Local workplaces and community organisations (places of worship, schools, universities, colleges and other community organisations) support Fairtrade and use Fairtrade products whenever possible;
• Media coverage and events raise awareness and understanding of Fairtrade across the community; and
• A local Fairtrade steering group is convened to ensure the Fairtrade Town campaign continues to develop and gain new support.
Brentwood Borough Council has worked the Brentwood Fairtrade Steering Group to achieve the 5 goals and on 14th December 2011 it was awarded Fairtrade Town status which covers the whole Borough. This was renewed 5 December 2012 and is valid for 2 years.
In order to retain the status an audit of local businesses is carried out by the steering group and a number of volunteers.
Does this include certain standards of behaviour, ethics, and the upholding of certain moral principles in the local administration? Yes the deliverables referred to above demonstrate a commitment to apply their ethics into behaviours

Please could you supply contact details for the body that awarded this status.
The Fairtrade Foundation
3rd Floor
Ibex House
42-47 Minories
London EC3N 1DY (UK)
0207 405 5942

Please can you supply copies of the documents related to the bid for this status, and any responses / subsequent correspondence.
See attached correspondence with The Fairtrade Foundation which relates to the awarding of the Fairtrade Town Status and the subsequent renewal.