Fairtrade Town

Rayleigh a Fairtrade Town

By choosing to support Fairtrade, a community can add it’s voice to demands for a trade system that puts people, not profit, at the heart of the transaction. Our voices become louder when we speak together.

A Fairtrade Town is a town, (or city or district) that has made a commitment to supporting Fairtrade and using products with the Fairtrade Mark.

Working towards a Fairtrade Town status will bring together neighbours, groups, the local authority and businesses towards a common goal and a shared achievement. Becoming a Fairtrade Town is a lot of work, good fun and a great way to bring people together. It will also be an achievement everyone can celebrate and a powerful message about how your community wants trade to work.

There are now over 500 Fairtrade Towns in the UK as well as many more areas campaigning towards status. The phenomenon has not stopped at the border. There are now Fairtrade Town campaigns in 23 countries around the world and all of these have been inspired by the example in the UK.

To have Fairtrade status a community works together to achieve 5 goals laid down be the Fairtrade Foundation. Community organisations, faith groups, businesses, schools and individuals all contribute to making their area a Fairtrade Town by pledging to do what they can to support Fairtrade and promote the Fairtrade Mark.

To support the Fairtrade Town initiative or discover more about it please contact raleighfairtradetown@talktalk.net. or look at the following video.