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. 

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, email us with your information and we'll put you in touch. Many groups have websites and social media profiles too, so you could use your favourite internet search engine to find a contact yourself. 

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  • 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. 

  • 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?

  • Fairtrade Towns Case Studies

    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.