Fairtrade in Brent

Fairtrade Borough

Fairtrade borough

We are a Fairtrade Borough

This means that we are committed to sell, serve use and promote Fairtrade products.

Fairtrade for producers means prices that at least cover the costs of sustainable production - even when world market prices fall and a Fairtrade Premium which helps producers to improve the quality of their lives.

This premium is paid on top of the agreed Fairtrade price, and producers decide democratically how to use it. Typically they invest it in education, healthcare, farm improvements or processing facilities to increase income.

Our status as a Fairtrade Borough was successfully renewed on 21 August 2015 for another two years with very positive feedback from the Fairtrade Foundation:

"It is clear that a lot of time and energy has been put in to make Fairtrade a part of the community, so we would like to pass on our congratulations and say thank you to everyone who has been involved."

 

Get involved

How you can help

Join the Brent Fairtrade Network

We work with the Brent Fairtrade Network to promote the use of Fairtrade products.

The network campaigns to: 

  • encourage shops, restaurants and workplaces in Brent to serve fairtrade products
  • encourage people to buy Fairtrade products
  • raise awareness of social justice and trade-related poverty issues.

This is done through:

  • canvassing the streets
  • going into shops
  • liaising with schools and faith groups
  • hosting stalls at community events
  • celebrating Fairtrade Fortnight.

Contact Peter Moore, Acting Chair, Brent Fairtrade Network, p.moore883@ntlworld.com, 020 8933 5848, if you would like to join the Brent Fairtrade Network as an individual, school or business or if you would like more information.

Buy Fairtrade

Look for the Fairtrade mark in shops, cafes and restaurants. Wide ranging product are available including tea, coffee, chocolate, cakes, biscuits, cereals, beer and wine, fruit, sugar, nuts, flowers and clothing.

If your favourite café or local shop doesn't stock Fairtrade, ask for it.

Visit the Fairtrade Foundation website to see the full range of Fairtrade products and where you can buy them.

Promote Fairtrade

Encourage your friends, workplace, community group, religious group, school or university to use Fairtrade products.

Speak to whoever organises the catering supplies and ask them to investigate Fairtrade alternatives.

The Brent Fairtrade Network can help or you can visit the Fairtrade Foundation website.

Sell or serve Fairtrade products

If your shop, cafe or restaurant doesn't already sell or serve Fairtrade, consider doing so.

You can find suppliers of Fairtrade products at the Fairtrade website. Once you do stock or serve Fairtrade products, let us know and we'll add your details to out upcoming Brent Fairtrade directory.

Fairtrade status

Fairtrade banner

How we became a Fairtrade Borough

To become a Fairtrade borough we did several things to raise awareness and promote Fairtrade including:

  • passing a resolution to support Fairtrade and agreeing to serve Fairtrade products
  • at least two Fairtrade products be readily available in numerous retail and catering outlets 
  • local workplaces and community organisations supporting Fairtrade and using products wherever possible
  • media coverage and events that were organised to raise awareness and understanding of Fairtrade across the community
  • setting up a local Fairtrade steering group, the Brent Fairtrade Network