Yorkshire declared as the UK’s first Fairtrade region

15 Jan 2013 @ 2.58 pm
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Issued by City of York Council

York’s Mansion House will host a special event on 18 January to welcome the declaration that Yorkshire has been announced as the UK’s first Fairtrade region.

The Lord Mayor of York, Cllr Keith Hyman, will be hosting the event and speaking to welcome attendees to the event. The event will see a number of speakers from key roles across Yorkshire, including Julian Sturdy MP and the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu.

Cllr James Alexander, Labour Leader of City of York Council, said: “I’m passionate about ensuring that everyone has a fair working life, and believe it is vital that those who produce the goods that we all use get a fair deal, with good working conditions and fair prices for their products.

“It’s great to see Yorkshire being recognised for its work in becoming Fairtrade and I’m proud of the part York has played in that. I’m looking forward to the event.”

Mark Dawson, Coordinator Fairtrade Yorkshire , said: “It is a fantastic achievement for Yorkshire to be declared as the first ever Fairtrade Region and that’s thanks to shoppers across the county who have bought Fairtrade goods, the businesses that have sold them and Fairtrade supporters who have promoted this ethical way of trading.”

York achieved Fairtrade City status on 3 March 2004.

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