Communities

Join the network of campaigners who make Fairtrade happen across the UK in their communities.

Fairtrade supporters across the country have joined together to make their town, city, village, island, borough, county, zone, district or region a Fairtrade Town and to make a commitment to supporting Fairtrade and using licensed products with the FAIRTRADE Mark.

Over 600 communities across the UK have achieved Fairtrade status since Garstang became the first Fairtrade Town in the the world in 2001. 

In 2019, Fairtrade Campaigners reached over 1.5 million people at 16,000 local events. Find out more about the impact of Fairtrade communities in the 2019 Fairtrade Communities: Your Impact report.

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See below to find out more about Fairtrade Towns, how to apply for Fairtrade status and top tips from other towns who have run great campaigns.

If you are trying to find a Fairtrade group near you, have a look at our Fairtrade communities map to find the nearest one to your area. Many groups have websites and social media profiles which you’ll find on the map but if you need support please get in touch at communities@fairtrade.org.uk.

If you'd like to receive monthly updates on the latest Fairtrade Town news, campaigns and resources please sign up here.


  • Applying for Fairtrade Town Status

    Each Fairtrade Town campaign is unique and the way in which Fairtrade status is achieved will be different for every community. These are some ideas and suggestions on how to get started, get people involved, get inspired and take Fairtrade forward in your area!

  • Renewing Fairtrade Community Status

    Achieving Fairtrade status is an amazing success which reflects the time and effort your steering group has dedicated to realising your goals. It's just a milestone on the journey as a Fairtrade Community however, and Fairtrade status should be renewed every two years. 

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    Fairtrade Communities map

    We’ve created a map featuring Fairtrade Communities across the country. Use it to find out if there is a local group in your area or locate your own group!

  • Town Crier

    The Town Crier is essential reading for Fairtrade Towns campaigners, providing insights into grassroots campaigning, producer insights, updates on upcoming events and information on the latest campaigns.

  • What's next?

    You're already a Fairtrade Town - so what can you do next to keep fighting for trade justice?

  • Data protection for Fairtrade Communities

    Data protection law has been around since 1984. Personal data is more valuable and important than ever. A major update of data protection law - the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) - came in to force on 25 May 2018.  

    It’s a very good moment for all Fairtrade groups to review how they collect and use data to ensure people’s personal information is handled correctly, and your group’s activities are compliant with new legislation.

  • Case Studies and Tips

    There are now more than 600 Fairtrade Towns across the country – and many have their own great success stories.


  • Local Authorities and Public Procurement

    Resources and information for local authorities and other public bodies to procure Fairtrade products.

  • International Fair Trade Towns website

    Connect with the global Fair Trade Towns network of over 2,000 Fair Trade Towns worldwide.