Amanda Taylor

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Fair Trade

Cambridge became a fair trade city in 2004, having fulfilled the five goals set by the Fairtrade Foundation, and the status was renewed this year.

The City Council passed a fair trade resolution (moved by yours truly). Here is the motion as moved in 2002: Fair trade Council motion

Cambridge has an active Fair Trade Steering Group which promotes fair trade via events such as stalls in the city market and at the Mill Road Winter Fair. We have recently carried out a fact-finding tour of the city to update our records of what fair trade products can be bought in which shops, and assisted with the regional fair trade conference at Anglia Ruskin University in November.

Here is a link to our blog: The steering group would welcome new members.

Fair trade goods are used at various city companies and institutions, notably Ridgeons and Anglia Ruskin University. Cambridge University has a Fair Trade society and so do many individual colleges. Fair trade shops and caf├ęs are flourishing.

Here is a link to Cambridge World Development Movement’s Fair Trade listing.

If you know of other fair trade shops, catering establishments or campaign groups, please let me know.