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Island receives Fairtrade status

Fairtrade symbol
The government will now encourage more local firms to sell the products

The Isle of Man has officially been named as a Fairtrade island.

A certificate has been handed over to Chief Minister Tony Brown by Bruce Crowther, a senior representative from the organisation Fairtrade Foundation.

The status means people attending council meetings, offices and the Tynwald canteen will now be offered Fairtrade tea and coffee.

The Manx government will also work to encourage more local firms to sell the Fairtrade products.

Mr Crowther congratulated people on the island, telling them receiving the status was "a good first step".

'Simple justice'

"The important thing is not keeping the status quo, keeping the Fairtrade status is about going further and further forward for justice," he said.

"It's not something that people are being pushed to do for any big business or anything like that it's just simple justice.

"Where people who are growing cocoa for our chocolate don't have access to clean water, can't afford to send their children to school, then that's simply wrong."

Mr Brown has previously said the island will wear its Fairtrade badge with pride.

"It shows that this is a caring community playing its part in providing a fairer deal for disadvantaged producers in the developing world," he said.


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