Kenmare looks for Fairtrade status

By choosing to support Fairtrade, your community can add it’s voice to demands for a trade system that puts people, not profit, at the heart of the transaction. Our voices become louder when we speak together.
Working towards Fairtrade Town status will bring together neighbours, groups, local authorities and businesses towards a common goal and a shared achievement. Becoming a Fairtrade Town is a lot of work, but a lot of fun. It will also be an achievement everyone can celebrate and a powerful message about how your community wants trade to work.

Why should Kenmare become a Fairtrade town?
It unites a community through social activism
It is an exercise in solidarity with farmers in the global south
It is not a charity
Fairtrade products are rigorously tested for quality and adhere to very high standards at all levels of production
Fairtrade products taste delicious
Fairtrade co-operatives engage with issues of equality and sustainability
Schools at all levels learn about sustainable and ethical consumerism
It is a great achievement for a community
It is an example of bottom up activism (grassroots)
It unites people of all ages
It is a great reason to celebrate (when you achieve it)
Kenmare will become the 54th town in Ireland to achieve it
Fairtrade Fortnight 29th February-13th March 2016

To initiate the campaign to make Kenmare the 54th Fairtrade town in Ireland and to celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight, we are asking you to please support us by having a Fairtrade breakfast or coffee and cookies event at your workplace. For any events that are held, or planned to be held, please email details and photos of to