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Fairtrade Town

By choosing to support Fairtrade, our community can add its 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, the local authority and businesses towards a common goal and a shared achievement. Becoming a Fairtrade Town is a lot of work, good fun and a great way to bring people together. It will also be an achievement everyone can celebrate and a powerful message about how our community wants trade to work.


What is a Fairtrade Town?


  A Fairtrade Town is a town, city, village, county, zone, island or borough that has made a commitment to supporting Fairtrade and using products with the FAIRTRADE Mark. Any area can work towards Fairtrade status and everyone needs to be involved!

Community organisations, faith groups, businesses, schools and individuals all contribute to making their area a Fairtrade Town by pledging to do what they can to support Fairtrade and promote the FAIRTRADE Mark.

In order to achieve Fairtrade status, each community has to fulfil five primary goals.

  They are:

  • The local council passes a resolution supporting Fairtrade and agrees to serve Fairtrade coffee and tea at its meetings and in its office and canteens.


  • A range of  Fairtrade Products are readily available in the area's  shops. Fairtrade products are served in local cafes, catering establishments. It should be easy for local people to find Fairtrade products as they do their everyday shopping.


  • Fairtrade products are used by a number of local work places and community organisations


  • Attract media coverage and popular support for the campaign.


  • A local Fairtrade steering group is convened to ensure continued commitment

The Fairtrade Towns campaign is co-financed by a grant from the European Union.
The contents of this site are the sole responsibility of the Fairtrade Foundation and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Union.

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