Constitution and Bylaws of Fair Trade Edmonton
After many years of outreach, advocacy and engagement, Edmonton officially become the 17th municipality and the 2nd largest municipality in Canada to become a Fairtrade Town on September 26, 2013. Thereafter, a permanent committee was struck to promote continued growth in the awareness, availability and consumption of Fair Trade products in Edmonton. On the date of June 15, 2016, the committee became a Society with the official name of Fair Trade Edmonton Council.
SECTION I: DEFINITIONS
Fairtrade refers to the specific Fair Trade certification system run by Fairtrade International (FLO) and its Members, including Fairtrade Canada.
Fair Trade or Fairly Traded:
Fair Trade or Fairly Traded refers to a broad, general concept of fairness in the global marketplace, hereinafter referred to as Fair Trade.
SECTION II: NAME, VISION, MISSION AND KEY PRINCIPLES OF THE SOCIETY
The name of the Society shall be Fair Trade Edmonton Council.
Fair Trade Edmonton will be a reliable resource for individuals, businesses and associations interested in Fairtrade or Fair Trade and a respected promoter of Fair Trade in Edmonton and Alberta.
1. Educate: Fair Trade Edmonton Council will be a resource for
associations, businesses, and individuals that are interested in:
about Fair Trade and what its purpose and value is to the consumers and
b.) Increasing their use of Fair Trade productsc.) Advocating and/or collaborating for Fair Trade
2. Promote: Fair Trade Edmonton will be outward-looking, constantly visible to the general public, bring Fair Trade to a variety of different audiences and encourage ethical procurement practices and sourcing;
3. Advocate: Fair Trade Edmonton Council will focus on reaching audiences across Alberta, including but not limited to: Schools, businesses, associations, and individuals in order to encourage the use of Fair Trade products, as well as other ethical practices regarding production, sales, and sourcing of products. We will do this by participating in and organizing events, as well as attending and participating in conferences and festivals.
4. Collaborate: Fair Trade Edmonton Council will seek out opportunities to collaborate with other community organizations interested in ethical consumerism, social justice, human rights and/or international development.
A. We will maintain all required standards set by Fair Trade Canada in order to keep the status of a Fair Trade Town.
B. We will maintain all required standards by the government to maintain status as a Society
C. Fair Trade Edmonton will strive (a) to understand the interlinked fields of international development,
global trade and human rights, (b) be informed of changes in policies, standards and operations of FLO, and (c) provide updated information about the availability of Fair Trade products in Edmonton
Fair Trade Edmonton will promote and uphold the following key principles:
1.) Consumers can shape market forces and play a role in creating a more equitable world for workers.
2.) The role of independent, certifying organizations in the Fair Trade movement is valuable;
3.) Fairtrade and Fair Trade are only one part of a greater growing and evolving movement of ethical and/or
sustainable activity among all areas of the production/distribution chain
4.) The goals of our combined mission and vision are to increase the knowledge and consumption of Fair Trade
products across Alberta
SECTION III: ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE
SECTION IV: FAIR TRADE EDMONTON COUNCIL BYLAWS
DISCIPLINE AND TERMINATION OF MEMBERS
A person’s Membership in the Society is terminated when:
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Members of the Board, being of a number between 4 and 12 persons, shall include:
SECTION V: PUBLICATION AND AMENDMENTS
An updated and current copy of Fair Trade Edmonton’s Constitution will be accessible at all times to the general public on Fair Trade Edmonton’s website.
AMENDMENTSProposed amendments shall be submitted in written form to the Membership. The Constitution shall be considered amended, when a motion to amend a Constitution is successful.