London’s Assembly Members today backed a motion supporting the campaign for London to achieve Fairtrade City status and congratulating the 12 boroughs whcih have already achieved Fairtrade City status.
The full text of the motion, which was proposed by the Green Party AM Darren Johnson, reads:
“This Assembly supports the campaign for London to achieve Fairtrade City status. It congratulates the 12 London Boroughs that have already achieved Fairtrade Borough status and recognises the work of the whole community in achieving this.
“The Assembly urges the Mayor to continue to work towards meeting the targets agreed with the Fairtrade Foundation for London to become a Fairtrade City. It urges all London Boroughs to support the campaign by passing a Fairtrade resolution and by working with residents, visitors, businesses, and the public and voluntary sectors to increase availability and take up of Fairtrade marked products.”
The boroughs which have achieved Fairtrade City status are Croydon, Lambeth, Camden, Kingston, Lewisham, Hammersmith & Fulham, Greenwich, Richmond, Islington and Tower Hamlets, Sutton and Waltham Forest.
Mr Johnson said “for London to be a Fairtrade city we need fifty per cent of London boroughs achieving Fairtrade status. Having 12 London boroughs on board is a great start – but we encourage other boroughs to embrace the concept so we can see London become a Fairtrade city.”