About Fairtrade Towns
Why become a Fairtrade Town?
By choosing to support Fairtrade, your community can add it’s 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 your community wants trade to work.
What is a Fairtrade Town?
|A Fairtrade Town is a town, city, village, island, borough, county, zone, district or region 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! Read more in the Fairtrade Town Action Guide.|
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 April 2000, Garstang in Lancashire declared itself ‘the Worlds first Fairtrade Town’. The campaign caught the imagination of local people, the interest of politicians, and made headlines across the North West. Most importantly, the campaign in Garstang inspired towns, cities, villages, islands, boroughs, villages, islands, counties, zones and regions across the country to make a collective commitment to Fairtrade and work towards Fairtrade status for their community.
There are now over 500 Fairtrade Towns in the UK as well as many more areas campaigning towards status. The phenomenon has not stopped at the border. There are now Fairtrade Town campaigns in 23 countries around the world and all of these have been inspired by the example in the UK. Visit the International Fairtrade Towns website to find out more.
Read an independent evaluation of the impact of Fairtrade Towns (PDF)