Is Morley to become a Fairtrade town?

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Morley could soon be supporting farmers and workers in the developing world by becoming a Fairtrade Town.

The town council will decide whether to try to achieve the internationally-recognised status by taking action to make Fairtrade food and drink widely available in the local area.

Fairtrade items are produced on farms or plantations which meet certain social, economic and environmental standards, including providing workers with decent employment conditions, minimum prices and fair terms of trade.

The standards also give farmers and workers a Fairtrade Premium to invest in business or community projects.

Coun Neil Dawson, who put forward a resolution to the council to make Morley Fairtrade friendly, said: “It is great that we are taking steps to achieve Fairtrade Town status.

“This movement is making a huge difference to many people across the world and this will show that taking action in Morley can have an impact around the globe, and that we can influence the world trading system.”

If the council adopts the resolution, it will take steps to be recognised as a Fairtrade Town by the Fairtrade Foundation.

These include offering Fairtrade marked food and drink to its employees and at town council events, promoting the Fairtrade Towns initiative, urging local businesses and retailers to provide Fairtrade options for residents, staff and customers, and nominating a council representative to become part of a new Fairtrade Steering Group.

It will also organise events during Fairtrade Fortnight, the annual national campaign to promote sales of products with the Fairtrade mark.

Coun Dawson said the town council should be supporting the promotion and purchase of goods with the Fairtrade mark to give marginalised workers a better and fairer deal.

He said: “The strength of Fairtrade Towns is that they involve the whole community.

“They are not just about the council, the churches, the schools or businesses but about all these and more.

“Fairtrade Towns bring people together and increase understanding of how small actions add up to make a big difference to the lives of people thousands of miles away.”

Fairtrade Fortnight is currently taking place. To find out more, visit