On the 22nd of September five of the prize winners taking part in the competition for the title of “Capital City of Fair Trade 2011” were nominated in the historical town hall in Marburg. Bremen won 1st place and the 2nd place went to Saarbrücken.
The city of Hanover was also chosen to be one of the prize winners and was awarded 3rd place, sharing the prize with Heidelberg. Marburg won this title in 2009.
Since 2003 the “Servicestelle Kommunen in der Einen Welt” (Service Agency Communities in One World) has organised the competition for the title of “Capital City of Fair Trade”, which takes place every two years. The aim of this competition is to acknowledge already existing local involvement in Fair Trade as well as to draw the media’s and public’s attention to these innovative activities. It also wants to encourage people to adopt such initiatives.
62 municipalities with a total number of 851 projects from all over Germany entered the competition for the title of “Capital City of Fair Trade 2011”. The five winners are awarded prize money amounting to 100.000 Euro in total. The competition is supported and funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.