Local Policymakers, Local Businesses
Fairtrade is an alternative approach to conventional trade and is based on a partnership between some of the most disadvantaged farmers and workers in the developing world and the people who buy their products. The Fairtrade mark means farmers and workers in plantations and factories across the developing world are fairly rewarded for their product and labour. Fruit, coffee, tea and many other products can only carry the Fairtrade mark if the producer guarantees a fair price to growers, decent working conditions and wages, and improved environmental practices.
Cities around the world can become Fairtrade Cities if they meet certain criteria that show support for Fairtrade locally. Although Galway City is already a Fairtrade City, much more can be done to increase the proportion of Fairtrade in the city. Local retailers could stock more Fairtrade produce. More cafés, canteens and pubs could offer Fairtrade tea and coffee.
Fair Trade Ireland, Dublin 7