To declare Northern Ireland a Fairtrade region the following criteria need to be fulfilled:

  • All cities and at least 55% of local authorities to have Fairtrade status;
  • All local authority areas and at least 55% of towns with a population of 6,000 or more to have active Fairtrade groups working towards Fairtrade status;
  • At least 60% of higher education institutions to have active Fairtrade groups working towards Fairtrade status;
  • Parliament/Assembly and Government to use, promote and make available Fairtrade products internally, and to actively promote Fairtrade Fortnight each year;
  • Fairtrade to be promoted in schools through the curriculum, procurement and other possible means;
  • Schools, Further Education Institutions, Faith Groups, Trade Unions, business networks, voluntary and youth organisations to pledge to use and promote Fairtrade.

On 19 June 2017 Northern Ireland WAS declared A Fairtrade Devolved Region at a cereMony in the Great Hall, Parliament Buildings, Belfast, having completed the criteria

Full report available below

Certificate presentation from UK Fairtrade Foundation and Fairtrade Ireland declaring Northern Ireland as a Fairtrade Devolved Region (19 June 2017) in the Great Hall, Stormont Parliament Buildings, Belfast (R-L): Adam Gardner, Communities Campaign Manager - UK Fairtrade Foundation; Anne Irwin, Director and Co-founder - Suki Tea; Dr Christopher Stange, Secretariat - All Party Group (APG) on Fairtrade & Hon. Consul for St. Vincent and the Grenadines to Northern Ireland; Tim McGarry; Steven Agnew MLA, Chairperson - APG on Fairtrade; Robin Swann MLA, Member - APG on Fairtrade; Emma Daly, Business Development Manager - Fairtrade Ireland

Certificate presentation from UK Fairtrade Foundation and Fairtrade Ireland declaring Northern Ireland as a Fairtrade Devolved Region (19 June 2017) in the Great Hall, Stormont Parliament Buildings, Belfast

(R-L): Adam Gardner, Communities Campaign Manager - UK Fairtrade Foundation; Anne Irwin, Director and Co-founder - Suki Tea; Dr Christopher Stange, Secretariat - All Party Group (APG) on Fairtrade & Hon. Consul for St. Vincent and the Grenadines to Northern Ireland; Tim McGarry; Steven Agnew MLA, Chairperson - APG on Fairtrade; Robin Swann MLA, Member - APG on Fairtrade; Emma Daly, Business Development Manager - Fairtrade Ireland

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Northern Ireland achieves Fairtrade devolved region status

19 June 2017

Belfast, NORTHERN IRELAND: Northern Ireland has become a Fairtrade devolved region after fulfilling the main targets of having all its five cities and six of its 11 councils attaining Fairtrade status to include their respective towns.

The remaining councils are currently working towards the Fairtrade standard.

Central government, higher education institutions, schools, places of worship, businesses and workplaces have also played a vital role in the initiative, many attained or working towards Fairtrade accreditation.

To celebrate this accolade of achievement the official declaration and launch of the report was made today in the Great Hall, Parliament Buildings, Stormont sponsored by Steven Agnew MLA, Chairperson on behalf of the All Party Group on Fairtrade.  Fairtrade products generously donated by the Co-op, Fish Hoek and Divine Chocolate with catering by Eurest.

Fairtrade provides a commitment to enable the most marginalised small-scale producers of the developing world to successfully trade in the global market to alleviate poverty, create empowerment and a future, working towards the United Nations’ (UNs’) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), through purchasing and procurement of Fairtrade certified products.

Fairtrade commodities are produced under the strictest environmental and social conditions through internationally recognised best practices, free from exploitation, child labour and human trafficking.

Steven Agnew MLA, Chair of the All Party Group on Fairtrade said: “I am delighted that Northern Ireland has attained the status of Fairtrade region.  This has come as a result of the hard work and efforts of the local Fairtrade campaign, championed by Dr Christopher Stange.  This achievement is notable in that came about without the support of the Executive Office, as was the case with other devolved regions.  Fairtrade status will bring about better outcomes for producers in developing countries as well as the people of Northern Ireland as consumers."

Peter Gaynor, Executive Director Fairtrade Ireland said: “We have seen local authorities, Fairtrade Towns groups and the All Party Group on Fairtrade do a huge amount in recent years in Northern Ireland to promote Fairtrade. It is a real achievement from all of this work that they are now becoming a Fairtrade devolved region - And of course Christopher Stange himself deserves a very big thank you for all his work personally. Fairtrade began with the dedicated work of small groups of people and this is a great example of these groups coming together to achieve something bigger together. “

Michael Gidney, Chief Executive UK Fairtrade Foundation said: “Congratulations to all the communities, individuals and organisations who’ve worked tirelessly over many years promoting Fairtrade across Northern Ireland on this achievement.  Fairtrade has shown that together we can effect real change for farming communities in the global south, yet in too many places, Fairtrade products remain the exception, not the rule. From Stormont to community groups, churches to corner shops, it’s fantastic to see the people of Northern Ireland finding new ways to unite communities and stand up for marginalised farmers and workers who deserve a better deal.  Joining forces as a devolved region through Fairtrade sends a powerful message that Northern Ireland is committed to ending the scandal of unfair trade.”

Dr Christopher Stange, Secretariat All Party Group on Fairtrade & Hon. Consul for St. Vincent and the Grenadines to Northern Ireland said: “This regional commitment to the developing world through local action and purchasing Fairtrade products is the culmination of two decades of voluntary action, uniting all sections of society.  Through Fairtrade we ensure a better future for those less fortunate creating a lasting legacy and connection between the developing world and Northern Ireland.”

18 Northern Ireland towns and one island have achieved Fairtrade status with the remaining 17 currently working toward with active groups.

Two-thirds of our higher education institutions have achieved or working towards the Fairtrade standard. 

THE PLAN

FAIRTRADE in NORTHERN IRELAND
Northern Ireland CITIES and TOWNS (6,000 or greater)                    
Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) 

 Five goals to achieve Fairtrade Town status

1. Each local council passes a resolution supporting Fairtrade, and agrees to serve Fairtrade products (for example, in meetings, offices and canteens);

Sample Motion for Local Council Authorities
(Insert 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.

(Insert 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 Borough/District/City (entire Council boundary) 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 had 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;

5. Establish a local Fairtrade Steering Committee with members of all sections of the community, including government to ensure continued commitment;

CITIES

Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council
Armagh – Achieved 2017

Belfast City Council
Belfast – Achieved 2005

Derry City and Strabane District Council
Derry/Londonderry – Achieved 2014

Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council
Lisburn – Achieved 2017

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council
Newry - Achieved 2008

TOWNS (6,000 or greater)

Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council
COMPLETED - FAIRTRADE BOROUGH

  • Antrim – Achieved 2010
  • Ballyclare – Achieved 2015
  • Newtownabbey Zone including Carnmoney, Glengormley, Jordanstown, Monkstown, Whiteabbey, Whitehouse and Whitewell) – Achieved 2015

Ards and North Down Borough Council
COMPLETED - FAIRTRADE BOROUGH

  • Bangor – Achieved 2011
  • Comber - Achieved 2017
  • Donaghadee Achieved 2017
  • Holywood - Achieved 2017
  • Newtownards - Achieved 2017

Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council
COMPLETED - FAIRTRADE BOROUGH

  • Banbridge Zone including Dromore, Gilford, Loughbrickland, Rathfriland and Kinallen – Achieved 2012
  • Craigavon, Lurgan and Portadown including Tandragee, Markethill, Pontzpass, Keady, Richill, Hamiltonsbawn and Waringstown - Achieved 2017

Belfast City Council
COMPLETED - FAIRTRADE CITY/BOROUGH

Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council

  • Ballycastle - Currently working towards
  • Ballymoney – Currently working towards
  • Coleraine - Currently working towards
  • Limavady - Currently working towards
  • Portrush - Currently working towards
  • Portstewart – Currently working towards
  • Rathlin Island - Achieved 2013

Derry City and Strabane District Council
COMPLETED - FAIRTRADE DISTRICT

  • Strabane - Achieved 2017

Fermanagh and Omagh District Council

  • Enniskillen - Currently working towards
  • Omagh – Currently working towards

Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council
COMPLETED - FAIRTRADE CITY

  • Carryduff Achieved 2017
  • Dundonald – Achieved 2008
  • Hillsborough/Culcavy Achieved 2017
  • Moira - Achieved 2017

Mid and East Antrim Borough Council

  • Ballymena - Currently working towards
  • Carrickfergus – Currently working towards
  • Larne – Currently working towards

Mid Ulster District Council  

  • Cookstown - Currently working towards
  • Dungannon - Currently working towards
  • Magherafelt - Currently working towards

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council

  • Downpatrick - Currently working towards
  • Newcastle - Currently working towards
  • Saintfield – Currently working towards
  • Warrenpoint – Achieved 2009

CENTRAL GOVERNMENT

All Nine Departments and the Northern Ireland Office at the Ministerial level have committed to and implementing the following four points:

  1. making it clear in tender documentation that Fair Trade products will be welcomed with appropriate preference amongst the products being supplied in accordance with CPD and EU Directorates;
  2. working with supplier to increase Fair Trade products provided post contract, with subsequent review of procurement with the view to expand the range;
  3. use Fair Trade tea & coffee, and potentially sugar for staff, meetings and hospitality;
  4. communicate the above commitments and appropriate guidance across its own Department, staff, agencies and all related bodies/forums in support of Fairtrade.  

UNIVERSITIES & COLLEGES

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