Explains what the council is doing to support Fairtrade and how we work with others on Fairtrade.
We are a member of the Fairtrade East Riding Network (FERN), an active voluntary group working across the East Riding to develop awareness of, and support for, Fairtrade.
The East Riding county was awarded Fairtrade status by the Fairtrade Foundation in 2014. In preparation for the award, FERN members collected evidence of all local retail outlets, cafes, churches and community groups which support Fairtrade, and recent local media coverage.
Over the years, we have gradually increased the stock of Fairtrade products in those outlets where we have catering contracts. This means that many outlets, including County Hall, the Treasure House, and leisure centres, are now able to serve Fairtrade tea and coffee, plus a growing number of other Fairtrade products.