About Us

The Chelmsford Town Fairtrade Campaign, as it was originally known, was set up in 2004. It grew out of a series of meetings between a whole variety of groups and individuals who saw Fairtrade as a vital means of helping producers in poor communities work their way out of poverty.

As a result of these meetings Chelmsford Borough Council (with all party support) agreed to use Fairtrade products in its catering and Chelmsford Star agreed to become the town’s flagship Fairtrade business. This was crucial in enabling the newly formed Chelmsford Town Fairtrade Campaign to get Chelmsford recognised as a Fairtrade Town under the scheme run by the Fairtrade Foundation.

The people of Chelmsford were awarded their Fairtrade certificate on 6 January 2005. Chelmsford was in fact the first town in Essex and only the third in the Eastern region to be awarded Fairtrade status. In 2012 Chelmsford gained city status and so the Fairtrade group became the Chelmsford City Fairtrade Campaign.

We believe that Fairtrade is a vital part of creating a trade system that puts people before profit and that our voices become louder when we speak together. If you would like to become involved in this work please do become a member. There are details of how to do this and also of our constitution on the section entitled How to Join Us.

The Campaign has a Standing Committee which meets regularly to plan ways of promoting Fairtrade in Chelmsford. At present we are very fortunate that we have a Council representative attending our meetings.If you would like to become involved in this please contact Gill Parker at gill.parker@sky.com or telephone 07868336853


2 Responses to About Us

  1. John Bowes says:

    I thought you might be interested in a new book on Fair Trade which is entitled ‘The Fair Trade Revolution’. The objective of the book is to inform, influence and inspire people to support Fairtrade. It can be checked out on the following link:
    I think it may also be available from the Fair Trade Foundation.

    • Malcolm Wallace says:

      John is correct, it is an excellent book. I purchased a copy at the London launch of Fairtrade Fortnight. The Fairtrade Foundation’s website says: The Fair Trade Revolution
      Edited by John Bowes, published by Pluto Press, Feb 2011, £11.50 rrp A lively survey of Fair Trade and the challenges facing it, written by some of the leading lights in the Fair Trade movement. Malcolm Wallace

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