Sefton Council has retained its Fairtrade borough status

Members in Sefton agreed to back the idea to support the Fairtrade Foundation in 2005 and a Fairtrade Steering Group was set up.

This was made up of councillors from all three political parties, council officers, enthusiastic supporters and was chaired by Reverend Canon, Roger Driver.

The authority first achieved first Fairtrade status back in 2010 and recently had to apply to the Fairtrade Foundation to renew it.

In order to achieve this, Sefton had to show a number of Fairtrade outlets within the borough and provide evidence of community involvement with Fairtrade products. There are now more than 73 retail outlets in Sefton selling Fairtrade products and more than 35 catering outlets using Fairtrade foods.

Official confirmation has now been received from the Fairtrade Foundation which means that Sefton will be a Fairtrade borough for the next two years and joins more than 500 other towns, villages and boroughs that enjoy such status.

Cllr Peter Dowd, Leader of Sefton Council, said: “We are delighted to remain recognised as a Fairtrade borough.

“Fairtrade is all about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world.

“Fairtrade standards also ensure that sustainable environmental projects and practices are supported, such as reforestation and reduction in the use of chemicals.”

The Sefton Fairtrade Directory, which is available on the councils fairtrade page, has also been updated and lists further retail and catering outlets selling Fairtrade products across the borough. Businesses or catering outlets not mentioned in the Sefton Directory should email civic services to be included.