The people of Chelmsford were awarded their Fairtrade certificate on 6 January Renewal certificate 2020 2
2005. Since then it has been renewed regularly. We are all extremely proud of this achievement and Chelmsford City Fairtrade Campaign thanks all those organisations, companies, faith groups trade unions and employers, individuals and the City Council for making it possible. Without their commitment and support it simply could not have happened.

We can also take pride in the fact that Chelmsford was the first town in Essex and only the third in the Eastern region to be awarded Fairtrade status. In 2012 we became a Fairtrade City. However, we have to work hard to retain our new status, which means encouraging many more groups, and companies to lend their support. We hope you will play your part in our campaign and please make sure that Fairtrade posters are displayed in every locality where Fairtrade is being used or sold.

Our latest renewal of our status as a Fairtrade City was on 4 June 2020. In awarding its certificate to Chelmsford City Fairtrade Campaign, the Foundation said:

Congratulations! We’re glad to let you know that your Fairtrade City renewal for 2020 has been successful. It’s been fantastic to hear about everything that you have achieved in the past few years. Your group has demonstrated dedication to take your campaign forward and ensure Fairtrade becomes part of daily life in Chelmsford.

“Thank you very much for sharing with us the progress you have made on your various efforts, your team has no doubt been very busy and we appreciate the hard work you have put in. We were particularly impressed by the reach of your events. You have managed to engage successfully with a great number of people through them and have organised interesting events engaging with a variety of local organisations including the talks given at local schools and to other organisations in your area. It is also very encouraging that you have developed a strong relationship with Chelmsford Star and that they have demonstrated a strong commitment to providing Fairtrade products at their many outlets. It is also very promising to hear that you are asked to participate in well-established local events which are targeting a wider audience. You have also built a very strong relationship with the Council and we are glad to hear that they are supporting your group and have renewed their commitment to Fairtrade in different ways including a councillor representative on your group.

We are also pleased to hear that the launch of the City’s Fairtrade Woodland in Admirals Park in 2019 provides a permanent feature to mark the 25th anniversary of Fairtrade and 15 years since Chelmsford became a Fairtrade town/city.”


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6 Responses to Home

  1. Sadie Rodea says:


    I am a teacher at a Secondary school in Chelmsford and am really interested in trying to persuade our Management team that we should bcome a Fairtrade school. However, I am hitting some walls with the Catering team, in that they are saying it is just too expensive to implement in a Secondary school.

    I was wondering if you had an experience of implementing this on a large school, such as in a Secondary school, and whether you had some more information about suppliers and prices?

    Many thanks

    • Malcolm Wallace says:

      Thanks for the question Sadie. First of all Essex County Council supports Fairtrade, that should be helpful. It is not correct to say that Fairtrade is more expensive. In some cases it may be but sometimes it is cheaper. Check their wholesale price list. Quite a number of catering contractors also use several Fairtrade products for use in hospitals, staff restaurants etc. In any case, there is a principal to be considered. If the standard product is cheaper it could be that the growers are not getting a good price for their products. The profit could be going elsewhere. With Fairtrade the growers are guaranteed a good deal. Have a look at the Fairtrade website for some information on products and suppliers. http://www.fairtrade.org.uk/products/default.aspx Locally, Bookers stock some Fairtrade products too.

      Another step you might like to take is to ask the staff to have a Fairtrade beverage club for their refreshments during breaks. Then, you should consider becoming a Fairtrade School. You can find out how to do this on the Fairtrade Foundation’s website http://www.fairtrade.org.uk/schools/default.aspx. You might like to have a talk with Thriftwood School as it was the first school in Essex to become a Fairtrade School. Some other schools in Chelmsford are also working towards Fairtrade status. Please keep us informed of progress and don’t forget Fairtrade Fortnight is taking place from 27 February – 11 March 2012.

  2. Student1 says:

    I live in Chelmsford but I attend Southend High for Boys. I was just wondering what links you have with our group, the Southend-on-Sea Fairtrade Network, and other groups around the county. I think that if we built up enough momentum, we could become a Fairtrade county, but we need the right kind of network

    Thank You!

    • Malcolm Wallace says:

      How right you are. Chelmsford did call a meeting of all the Fairtrade groups in Essex and we did have a couple of useful meetings. Unfortunately, we had difficulty in getting a room for the third meeting and a very heavy workload overtook us.The contacts for the Essex sites are elsewhere on the website and they are all doing a great job. We are still keen to make Essex a fairtrade County but we do need more local groups in those parts of the county that still have to get Fairtrade status, Malcolm Wallace, Chelmsford City Fairtrade Campaign.

  3. WickfordFairtradeSupporter says:

    A few of us here in Wickford want to start a Fairtrade group to try and get our town Fairtrade status, but we have a few questions.
    First of all, do we have to register with the Foundation to become a Fairtrade campaign group or not?
    Secondly, who should we get to come to our first meeting, what sort of issues should we deal with immediately, and do you have any ideas on getting the word out to everyone in town about the campaign group and how to join up?
    Thank you in advance

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