Council motion: Fair Trade City

Shorter motions, used well, can be extremely effective. A short, sharp reminder of a policy or standpoint can be used to reaffirm what we think and our commitment.

This example from Portsmouth shows us doing exactly that.

‘It is fifteen years since Portsmouth was awarded the status of a ‘Fair Trade City’.  The Council recognises the contribution which fair trade has and is making towards ending exploitation in global supply chains and thereby the endemic poverty experienced in many poorer countries. The Council wishes to maintain its status as a Fair Trade City

The Council, therefore, reaffirms its commitment to using Fair Trade products at council events and as widely as possible in the Civic Offices and other public buildings which it operates. It reaffirms its intention to encourage the use of Fair Trade products throughout the City and to promote appreciation of the importance of fair trade.’

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