how it began
May 2000, Garstang in Lancashire declared itself ‘the world’s
first Fairtrade Town’. The campaign caught the imagination of local
people, the interest of politicians, and made headlines across the
north-west – not to mention hugely raising awareness of the FAIRTRADE
Mark in the area.
March 2007 sees the declaration of the 242nd Fairtrade Town.
To become a Fairtrade Town (or any other populated area), 5 goals
must be met:
- The local council must pass a resolution supporting Fairtrade,
and serve Fairtrade coffee and tea at its meetings and in
offices and canteens.
- A range of Fairtrade products must be readily available
in the area’s shops and served in local cafés
and catering establishments (targets are set in relation
- Fairtrade products must be used by a number of local work
places (estate agents, hairdressers etc) and community organisations
(churches, schools etc)
- Attract media coverage and popular support for the campaign
- A local Fairtrade steering group must be convened to
ensure continued commitment to Fairtrade Town status.
To apply and find out more, download the Fairtrade
Town Goals and Action Guide (PDF) Or
order a hard copy.
the application form (MS Word).
When submitting your application, please do this in electronic
format wherever possible. If you have accompanying hard documents
(e.g. press cuttings) these can follow through the post. This allows
us to process your application more efficiently.
Please note: If you are campaigning towards Fairtrade Towns
status and hope to declare during Fairtrade Fortnight we must receive
your application by Monday the 5th of February 2007.
declared Fairtrade towns
Click on a region to see the list of declared
cities (C), towns (T), villages (V), zones (Z), boroughs (B) and
islands (I) that have achieved Fairtrade status (you need to enable
popups on your browser) and their website and interviews.
Please note: the Fairtrade Foundation is not responsible
for the content of the websites.
Want to speak to other campaigners who are involved in Fairtrade
Towns? Join the Yahoo Fairtrade
Towns e-mail discussion group (please note:
this is hosted on Yahoo! and the Fairtrade Foundation is not responsible
for any dvertising or content which appears on these pages).
Becoming a Fairtrade Town is a tremendous accomplishment. In addition
to achieving status initially, a key part of being a Fairtrade Town
is constantly improving the availability and awareness of Fairtrade
in your areas. In order to ensure that we are up to date on your
progress and to ensure that the integrity of Fairtrade Town status
– and all your hard work - is upheld, renewals are important.
We are currently reviewing the Renewal process and would ask all groups to wait to hear from us before submitting a renewal application.
We thank all the groups who have already submitted their renewals and offer our congratulations on all that they have achieved since declaring Fairtrade Town status. We appreaciate that some groups have been waiting a long time to hear feedback on their applications and would like to apologise for this. We will be in touch with you during July 2007 and many thanks for your patience.
We will contact you to let you know when your renewal due date
is approaching but do feel free to begin working on it before you
hear from us. All you will need is the Fairtrade
Towns Renewal Form and a copy of your feedback form from your
last submission. If you do not have a copy of your feedback form,
you can request one at volunteer firstname.lastname@example.org
For secondary schools wanting to become 'Fairtrade', People
and Planet produce an Action Guide. In addition, The Young
Co-operatives can support secondary school students to set up
their own business selling Fairtrade products.
To become a Fairtrade Church 3 goals must be met:
- Use Fairtrade tea and coffee for all meetings for which
you have responsibility.
- Move forward on using other Fairtrade products (such as
sugar, biscuits, fruit)
- Promote Fairtrade during Fairtrade Fortnight - and through
other activities whenever possible.
To apply, please send written evidence under each goal
to the Fairtrade Foundation. You will then be issued with a poster
Click here to
download some suggested goals for a Fairtrade Church of England