Lichfield: a Fairtrade City
On Saturday 8 March 2008, George Alagiah OBE, Patron of The Fairtrade Foundation, presented the Fairtrade City Certificate to the Mayor of Lichfield. At this time, over 100 organisations in Lichfield had made a commitment to Fairtrade.
Fairtrade means that growers and producers in developing countries receive a fair and stable price for their products, as well as good working conditions. Products certified with the Fairtrade Mark must comply with internationally agreed standards and are monitored regularly. Fairtrade leads to a closer link between shoppers and producers.
Being a Fairtrade City means that Fairtrade has the backing of both Lichfield City and District Councils. Fairtrade products are available in a wide range of local shops, cafes and restaurants. Many local businesses, schools, public services, churches and voluntary organisations have committed themselves to supporting Fairtrade. There has been consistent coverage in the local media. A Steering Group monitors progress.