Renewing Fairtrade Town Status

Becoming a Fairtrade Town is an incredible achievement and represents a milestone on your area’s Fairtrade journey, but it is only the beginning!

Despite the growth in Fairtrade product sales over the past two decades, we still have a long way to go before all trade is fair. It is important that the campaign continues to gain momentum, obtains commitments from new organisations and increases understanding across the community.

Renewals are required one year after status is achieved and following that, once every two years.

Every Fairtrade campaign is different, and the steering group are usually the best placed to know what activities will have the greatest effect in your area. Therefore after achieving Fairtrade status the emphasis of your renewal is on the aspirations and targets set by you for taking your campaign forward, rather than gathering paperwork and reporting back on past activities. This takes the form of an action plan which will help you map out what you want to achieve next, and map out how you will get there.

Since July 2012, the renewal process has changed to a more flexible, and participative process outlined on pages 3-5 of this update to the Fairtrade Town Guide. Download the Renewal Action Plan and return it to You can even use this template form to plan your activities.

If you feel this form restricts your creativity, you already have an action plan, or would like to use one in a different format, we will seek to be as flexible as possible. Please contact us to arrange renewing in a different way.

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