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Fairtrade Town


What is Fairtrade?

Fairtrade is about getting better prices, decent working conditions, ensuring local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world

Fairtrade Town Status for Gateshead

Gateshead has renewed Fairtrade Town Status until 2017 as we commit to promoting Fairtrade. 

Gateshead was first given Fairtrade Town status in 2007. 

To be a Fairtrade Town, the community of Gateshead has been working together to achieve the five goals set by the Fairtrade Foundation:

  1. Council – Local council passes a resolution supporting Fairtrade, and agrees to serve Fairtrade products (for example, in meetings, offices and canteens
  2. Commerce (retail and catering) – A range of (at least four) Fairtrade products are readily available in the area’s retail outlets (shops, supermarkets, newsagents, petrol stations) and served in local catering outlets (café’s, restaurants, pubs)
  3. Community – Local workplaces and community organisations (places of worship, schools, universities, colleges and other community organisations) support Fairtrade and use Fairtrade products whenever possible
  4. Common Consensus – Media coverage and events raise awareness and understanding of Fairtrade across the community
  5. Captains – A local Fairtrade steering group is convened to ensure the Fairtrade Town campaign continues to develop and gain new support.

Gateshead Fairtrade Steering Group

The Gateshead Fairtrade Steering Group works to promote and raise awareness of Fairtrade. 

Members include:

Gateshead Council, 
Gateshead Youth Council, 
Tyne & Wear Co-op committee community members
Gateshead College.  

The group works with schools, businesses, communities and churches to promote and raise awareness of Fairtrade.

Contact us

For more information on Fairtrade contact:

Jane Bench
Phone: 0191 433 2058
Chief Executive Office, Civic Centre, Regent Street, Gateshead. NE8 1HH