JERSEY’S Fairtrade Island status, which it has held for nearly two decades, has been renewed by an organisation that ensures fair pay for farmers in developing countries.
The recognition was renewed as part of a presentation at the weekend by the Fairtrade Foundation’s chief executive, Mike Gidney.
The Island received Fairtrade accreditation for the first time in 2005 in recognition of the widespread availability of Fairtrade-certified items in shops and supermarkets, as well as the government’s efforts to promote these products.
The Fairtrade logo on products indicates that the producers were paid fairly for their goods and that high social, economic and environmental requirements were met.
Assistant Environment Minister Hilary Jeune, who previously worked for Fairtrade, said: “I’m grateful that Jersey’s efforts in this area have been recognised, and I’m especially thankful to Tony Allchurch and his team for their continued promotion of Fairtrade products in Jersey.
“They work tirelessly to keep Fairtrade at the top of our minds and shopping baskets.”
Mr Allchurch was last year awarded a British Empire Medal for his work as chairman of the Jersey Fairtrade Island Group.
Deputy Jeune added: “Islanders can effectively vote with their shopping habits and have an impact on supply chains, environmental and biodiversity impact and can choose to be a force for good.
“I see a clear link with the work I’m responsible for on climate change. Buying Fairtrade shows solidarity with farmers, who are on the front line feeling the full effects of climate change, and the Fairtrade Premium helps them adapt to changing weather patterns and cropping cycles.”