Jaime Alberto García Flórez, a coffee farmer from Colombia, tending to his coffee plants

Celebrating 30 years of Fairtrade in the UK

It’s 30 years since the first Fairtrade certified products hit supermarket shelves. Since then, we’ve not only pioneered a more equitable way of doing trade, we’ve also become the world’s most recognised and trusted ethical label.

Learn about our impact, and how you can get involved to make trade fairer.

What we do

What is Fairtrade?

Fairtrade is about better prices, safe working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers.

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Buying Fairtrade

Buying Fairtrade is easy. There are over 6,000 Fairtrade products from coffee and tea to flowers and gold, so when you shop, look for the FAIRTRADE Mark. 

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Fairtrade for Schools

There are hundreds of Fairtrade schools in the UK and that number continues to grow.

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Fairtrade for Business

Demonstrate your ethical commitment, have a positive impact on the producers of the commodities you work with and get closer to your supply chain.

Ways to get involved

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Fairtrade Grassroots Group

There are thousands of Fairtrade groups throughout the UK, including community groups, school groups, universities and places of worship.

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Fundraise for Fairtrade

From coffee mornings to running marathons, supporters across the UK are finding fun and creative ways to raise money for Fairtrade.

Campaign with us

Join the Fairtrade community and help us campaign for fairer trade, climate justice and a better future. Get started today.

Join us on social media

Latest news from Fairtrade

Fairtrade award granted to largest ever number of UK universities

Fairtrade manifesto – Next UK Government trade policy must work for people and planet

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Fairtrade facts and figures

50%

of Fairtrade is owned by farmers

The assembly combines 50 percent producer representation with 50 percent national Fairtrade organisation representation.

€1bn

Paid in Fairtrade premium since 1994

Since 1994, shoppers buying Fairtrade products have generated more than €1bn in Fairtrade Premium for farmers and workers.

4,800

Fairtrade products in the UK

Think Fairtrade is just bananas and coffee? The full list of products includes flowers and gold, chocolate and tea, cotton and beauty.