Fairtrade Steering Group
Five goals to achieve Fairtrade status
1. The Council passes a resolution supporting Fairtrade, and agrees to serve Fairtrade products (for example, in meetings, offices and canteens);
Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council supports the principles of the Northern Ireland Fairtrade campaign based on the following actions:
- Actively promote Fairtrade both internally and externally at the Council and seek opportunities to support Fairtrade in the Council area;
- Explore tendering and public procurement of Fairtrade products within the Council’s own purchasing policies and implement Fairtrade wherever possible;
- Take the lead in establishing a Fairtrade Borough/District/City (based on each council's nomenclature defining its entire boundary) wide Steering Committee with representation from the Council.
Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council further resolves to contribute to the regional Fairtrade campaign by passing a resolution supporting Fairtrade, and agrees to serve Fairtrade products (for example, in meetings, offices, canteens and hospitality), as well as, striving to increase uptake of Fairtrade certified products by working towards achieving Fairtrade City status through the five simple steps outlined by the Fairtrade Foundation, which is a free application that can be submitted online.
2. At least four products or two Fairtrade product ranges to be readily available in the area's retail outlets (shops, supermarkets, newsagents, cafe's, petrol stations, etc).
3. Local workplaces and community organisations (places of worship, schools, universities, colleges and other community organisations) support Fairtrade and use Fairtrade products whenever possible. Populations over 100,000 will also need a flagship employer;
4. Media coverage and events to raise awareness and understanding of Fairtrade across the community; and
5. Establish a local Fairtrade Steering Committee with members of all sections of the community, including government to ensure continued commitment.