Swindon Fairtrade Coalition wants to ensure that every one of the three and a half million cuppas served annually by the National Trust to visitors at its properties has been certifiably fairly traded.
To get their message across they’ve launched the Trustea Campaign to petition for a resolution to be passed at the trust’s AGM in October.
Coalition members outside the National Trust HQ in Swindon, from left, Judith & Michael Hawkins, Rev’d Angela Overton-Benge, Steve & Barbara Aftelak
Commenting on the importance of national charities signing up to Fairtrade commitments, chair of the Swindon Fairtrade Coalition Barbara Aftalek said: “As the National Trust national HQ is based in Swindon which has a strong Fairtrade following, we want to see it adopting its own declared Fairtrade practices.
“Despite claims in its 2009 annual report that it is a Fairtrade organisation National Trust is actually supplied by Yorkshire Tea company, which adheres to the Rainforest Alliance policy which is not Fairtrade certified.”
The Fairtrade certification system is the only one which guarantees producers receive a minimum price, as well as a premium for community investment and sustainable farming methods. It’s also the only system which ensures good cash flow for its producers.
Explaining the help they need to persuade the National Trust Barbara said: “The membership of the Swindon Fairtrade Coalition is very small in comparison with that of the National Trust. It would be great if Link readers would sign the petition and tell all their friends and family about it too. It would be nice to drink a cup of Fairtrade tea after our walk round National Trust sites, and it would make a huge difference to so many people round the world.”
Sign the petition and lend your voice to the Trustea campaign at www.swindonfairtrade.org
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