Hull is dedicated to Fairtrade

Hull maintains Fairtrade City status – and is praised for promoting the cause

Hull has maintained its Fairtrade City status – and has made a commitment to keep promoting Fairtrade principles.

Fairtrade ensures farmers and workers in developing countries around the world are paid a fair prices for their goods, earn a living wages and their communities benefit from educational and medical provisions.

And the city has been praised for engaging with residents to promote the cause.

The Fairtrade Foundation said the city demonstrated dedication to ensuring Fairtrade becomes part of daily life in Hull and praised the reach of events, engaging successfully with a large number of people and collaborating with local businesses and organisations.

The foundation also said it was amazed by the number of activities that the city organised during Fairtrade Fortnight and throughout the year.

Councillor Rosemary Pantelakis, who chairs the multi-agency Fairtrade Partnership, said the news was great for the city.

Cllr Pantelakis, portfolio holder for corporate services, said: “Hull has always had time to fight for social justice and I am delighted the Fairtrade Foundation recognised that Fairtrade principles are embedded across all council services, as well as the positive work with our stakeholders including businesses, schools, the youth parliament, churches and the voluntary and community sectors.

“The success here in Hull has been made possible by organisations and community champions working collaboratively to promote Fairtrade.”

Hull was first awarded Fairtrade status in 2005 in recognition of the strong support for Fairtrade.