4 European public authorities rewarded for their Fair Trade cotton commitments
Bremen, 28 March 2014 – The city of Paris and the French Post office, the municipality of Traun in Austria and the London School of Economics in the United Kingdom were recognised for their excellence in Fair Trade cotton procurement yesterday evening at the European Fair Trade Cotton Procurement Awards ceremony that took place in Bremen, Germany.
The winners of the first-ever pan-European Award Scheme on Fair Cotton Procurement have shown that Fair Trade commitments made in the framework of different campaigns can be translated into real purchasing practices in support of cotton farmers and workers in the South. This was showcased in the following categories:
1) Local authorities above 100.000 inhabitants:
The city of
For this category, the region of
2) Local authorities below 100.000 inhabitants: Municipality of
3) National authorities (supra-local entities), including public bodies: La
La Poste is the forerunner for the purchase of Fairtrade cotton clothing in
The Ministry of Defence was awarded the highly commended status for their very recent, but firm support to Fair Trade cotton, with the aim of souring 5% of their cotton under Fair Trade terms.
4) Educational establishments: universities and student organisations: The
Most of the staff working for LSE wears Fairtrade cotton certified uniforms. In addition, all the promotional clothes of LSE are made of Fairtrade cotton. LSE is encouraging other high educational establishments to follow their example. This, together with the determination to go beyond Fairtrade in all procurement categories, tipped the balance in favour of LSE.
The four winners of the European Fair Cotton Procurement Awards received yesterday evening their sustainably-produced trophies during the final conference of the EC-funded “Cotton on to Fairtrade procurement” project in
Accepting the Award, Rachid Sifany, head of the clothing bureau of the city of
The selection process for the Awards took place in
Solobamady Keita, Secretary General of the National Union of Cotton Producers’ Cooperative Societies of Mali, who handed in the trophies to the Award winners, declared “This Award acknowledges the importance of the people that harvest the cotton, but also the people that wear the Fair Trade clothing. The Fair Trade cotton producers are thankful to the forerunners that have been rewarded today, and would like to see other public authorities in
The European Fair Cotton Procurement Awards are organised with the financial assistance of the European Union. The contents of this publication are the sole responsibility of the partners of the “Cotton on to Fairtrade procurement” project and can in no way be taken to reﬂect the views of the European Union.
Contact: Elba Estrada