A Fairtrade town is a town that has made a pledge to supporting Fairtrade and using products with the Fairtrade mark. Harpenden has detained Fairtrade Town status since February 2008. To achieve Fairtrade town status, society organizations, faith groups, businesses, schools all contribute by pledge to do what they can to support Fairtrade and support the FAIR TRADE Mark.
There are 5 steps that must be taken to be awarded the status.
1st: the Council passed a resolution supporting Fairtrade and agree to serve Fairtrade products in meeting, offices and wherever possible.
2nd: there must be a range of Fairtrade products readily available in the towns retail outlets and served in local catering outlets.
3rd: local workplaces, schools and other community organizations must pledge their support to using Fairtrade products when possible.
4th: there must be significant media coverage and actions to raise awareness and understanding of Fairtrade across the community.
5th: a local Fairtrade steering group is convened to make sure that the Fairtrade Town campaign continue to develop and gain new support.