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Explaining Fairtrade Gold

The Fairtrade West Sussex group has achieved all the criteria required by the Fairtrade Foundation for West Sussex to become a Fairtrade County.  This is the result of a lot of hard work by representatives of the 8 Fairtrade towns and villages which make up the majority of the population of West Sussex.   

There are five specific goals to be met in order to become a Fairtrade county:

(I) Establish a steering group or working party - ideally this will contain a Council representative, Fairtrade campaigners, representatives from the County's Schools, faith groups and businesses. This group will be responsible for submitting the application for Fairtrade status. It has no power to commit the Council.
(II) WSCC needs to pass a resolution supporting Fairtrade and agreeing to serve Fairtrade tea and coffee at its meetings, and in its offices and canteens. This does involve a procurment change but these products are widely available.
(III) Fairtrade products should be available in local shops and cafes etc.
(IV) Fairtrade products should be available in work places and organisations (e.g. Churches)
(V) Attract media coverage and local support.

Events

 
Fairtrade Pulborough has renewed the Fairtrade status of Pulborough village.
 
Fairtrade West Sussex.  In the evening of 11th March 2016 ninety representatives and supporters of Fairtrade West Sussex celebrated achieving the criteria for Fairtrade County Status.  This celebration was in the prestigious Capital Theatre Horsham. 
 
Fairtrade Horsham held it's annual Horsham Fairtrade Christmas Market on Saturday 26th November 2016 in St. Johns Church Hall, (RH12 2PJ) from  10am until 4pm.  Fairtrade Traders sold guilt free Christmas presents direct from the poorest producers in the world.  More details from Info@FairtradeHorsham.org.uk

Worthing has renewed its FT Status.

Worthing are participating in the Garner Group 3rd World Project each year through a church. http://www.missiondirect.org/?gclid=CITknt_A0LkCFcLHtAodHXYAUg

Fairtrade East Grindstead is renewing its Fairtrade Town status.St Peter's Catholic Primary School, East Grindstead has renewed its status as a Fairtrade school.


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Greg Valerio was the keynote speaker following the Fairtrade West Sussex AGM on 9th March 2017.  Greg explained how ecologically damaging gold and diamond extraction can be, and how Fairtrade and Fairly mined gold not only avoids damaging the environment but also ensures miners have safe working practices and are paid a fair wage for their work.  The audience of over 50 in the Village hall in Pulborough were enthralled as Greg successfully portrayed those who use more of the world's resources than necessary as effectively stealing from poorer communities.

John Figgins stated that Fairtrade goods will be preferentially sourced by the West Sussex County Council Catering Services, of which he is the manager.

Nick Herbert(MP for Arundel and South Downs) spoke in support of Fairtrade and the work Greg and the West Sussex Fairtrade Town Groups are doing to keep Fairtrade an important buying criteria.    

West Sussex has met all the criteria for becoming a Fairtrade County and is applying to the Fairtrade Foundation for county recognition.

I. A steering group has been established with Morwen Milson as the West Sussex County Councilor Representative.  There are representatives from Churches, local businesses and schools on the committee.

II. WSCC has passed a motion to promote and use Fairtrade products.

The motion is to:

(1)  Promote awareness of Fairtrade issues by making publicity and educational information available to local people, regarding the worldwide impact of unfair trade, and the opportunities that Fairtrade provides to promote sustainable development;

(2) Investigate the Council's purchasing policies regarding items that Fairtrade produces and encourage the purchase of fairtrade items whenever possible, in particular to make Fairtrade tea and coffee available wherever refreshments are provided; and

(3) Work with the West Sussex Fairtrade Steering Committee to promote Fairtrade issues and practices amongst local businesses and commercial and other organisations.



III. Fairtrade products are widely available throughout the county.  The local Fairtrade groups have surveys showing what products are available.

IV. Fairtrade Products are used in workplaces and as recorded by the local Fairtrade groups.

V. The fairtrade groups are pretty good at promoting Fairtrade in the media, including social media.

More than 50% of the population of West Sussex live in a fairtrade town.

On 11th March 2016 an evening celebration anticipated West Sussex being awarded Fairtrade County Status.  This celebration was in the Capital Theatre Horsham, North Street, a short walk from the station at 7pm, with a glass of wine and nibbles.
Michael Jary (Chairman of the Fairtrade Foundation Trustees) talked about the Fairtrade Foundation and provided insights into the challenges the organisation now faces and the foundation's future direction.

The displays from the Fairtrade towns in West Sussex described their individual Fairtrade stories as well as the history of Fairtrade West Sussex.