The City of Selkirk is pleased to be a Fair Trade Workplace, offering Fair Trade coffee, tea and sugar for our employees and guests.

The City was also pleased and honoured to recently be recognized as Fairtrade Workplace of the Year.

Selkirk Mayor Larry Johannson said the city has a strong social conscience and takes its role as a global city seriously, noting that decisions made by the city’s council and administration can have a positive impact not just on citizens within local boundaries, but others around the globe.

The award, presented by Fairtrade Canada at its fifth annual Canadian Fair Trade Conference in Halifax, N.S., on Feb. 25, recognizes the city’s support for fair trade

What is Fair Trade?

Fair trade is an alternative approach to conventional trade and is based on a transparent and respectful partnership between producers and consumers. Fair trade contributes to sustainable development by offering better trading conditions to, and securing the rights of, marginalized producers and workers – particularly in the global south.

Watch this video to learn how Fair Trade works!

Why do we choose to become a Fair Trade Workplace?

By using Fair Trade products we help to ensure producers and workers get fair compensation for their work, thus reducing poverty, child labour, and building the prosperity and resilience of families and developing communities.

We offer these products because improving the quality of life of all of our citizens is our core mission. This small change in our practices can help dramatically improve the lives of our global citizens. We choose to think globally and act locally. As dedicated public servants, we choose to be part of the solution.

Learn more about Fair Trade Workplaces.

What Fair Trade products does the City of Selkirk use?

Like many workplaces, the City of Selkirk has long offered coffee to its employees. We now exclusively offer Fair Trade certified coffee, tea and sugar in our workplaces for our employees and the employees of the many co-located organizations and agencies that operate in our buildings.