In August 2016, Sidmouth was awarded Fairtrade status for its commitment to Fairtrade principles, thanks to the efforts of local campaigners.
Earlier in the year, a resolution was passed by the Town Council to actively promote Fairtrade to consumers, businesses and community groups in the area.
As part of the campaign, retailers had to pledge to sell more than four Fairtrade products and eateries had to serve Fairtrade tea and coffee. The campaign also secured support from faith groups and voluntary organisations, as well as lobbying businesses to promote the Fairtrade message in their working practices.
Fairtrade helps small-scale farmers ensure they earn stable incomes and have long-term contracts with companies. In addition, they earn the Fairtrade Premium, which they invest as the farmer-owned co-operative democratically chooses, in projects that will benefit their business or community.
Our Fairtrade Town status was successfully renewed in October 2019 for a further two years. and we continue to engage with businesses and organisations such as hotels, charities and libraries. Many outlets and churches have served Fairtrade beverages and Fairtrade chocolate bars . We continue to build a very strong relationship with Sidmouth Town Council to promote Fairtrade produce not only on their website and in the tourist information centre but throughout the town