AIMING to make London a Fairtrade City, the Mayor Ken Livingstone hosted a Co-operative Group sponsored reception at City Hall for local politicians, retailers, catering companies and international Embassy representatives such as South Africa and Jamaica.
Among the speakers at the event were Head of Co-op Brand Terry Hudghton and journalist and newsreader George Alagiah, patron of the Fairtrade Foundation.
`The Mayor is working together with the Foundation to help make London a Fairtrade city. He is investigating the conditions that can bring that to fruition and we were delighted to back his initiative by sponsoring the reception which included providing Co-op Fairtrade wine – it received many favourable comments,` said Martin Street of the Co-op Group's South East membership team which was involved in the organisation of the reception.
Martin Hill, the Group's Chief Officer in the South East, added: `As Britain's leading Fairtrade retailer, the Group welcomes the Mayor's initiative. Collectively, Greater London's residents and workers could
make a substantial contribution to improving conditions in the developing countries and set an example to other major cities around the world.`
Enjoying a glass of Co-op Fairtrade wine at the London Fairtrade reception are (from left): Co-operative Group Director Kathryn Smith, Mayor of London Ken Livingstone and Martin Street of the Co-op Group's South East membership team.