Edinburgh Fairtrade City

Fair trade is a movement to give better prices, fair terms of trade, improved working conditions for farmers and workers in the developing world. Find out more on the Fairtrade Foundation website and the Edinburgh Fairtrade City website.

Fairtrade Fortnight 

Fairtrade Fortnight is held annually to put a spotlight on trade.  It is usually held in the first quarter of the year and is widely celebrated in Edinburgh.

This year's Fairtrade Fortnight will be held from 25 February to 10 March 2019.

Edinburgh Faitrade Festival 2019 will take place on Saturday 9 March at Portobello Town Hall, 147-149 Portobello High Street, Edinburgh EH15 1AF from 10.30am to 3.30pm.

This free event feature stalls with a broad range of fair trade products, speakers, a choir, children's activities and free tea, coffee and cakes. All are welcome.

Volunteers wanted

Edinburgh Fairtrade City is currently looking for new events volunteers to join their team. 

Download the specification for Fairtrade events volunteer (PDF, 282KB)

How to get involved

There are several ways for

  • schools
  • individuals
  • businesses
  • organisations

to help support and promote fair trade, for example by buying or selling fair trade products.

Buy fair trade products

Find the list of fair trade products.  Many

  • shops
  • colleges
  • universities
  • businesses
  • organisations

in Edinburgh use and sell fair trade goods. Tell these products by the Fairtrade mark.

Use or become a fair trade business

In Edinburgh there are several fair trade

  • cafes
  • hotels
  • wholesalers
  • apartments.

Find out how to be a fair trade business on the Fairtrade Foundation website.

Be a fair trade school

A number of Edinburgh schools have Fairtrade status and many others are working towards it. 

Download the list of fair trade schools (PDF, 32KB)

We also teach pupils about the ideas underlying fair trade as part of our eco schools programme.

Join the network

Edinburgh has held Fairtrade City status since 2004. This means the Council officially supports fair trade and helps the city work towards agreed fair trade goals. The Council and a range of

  • businesses
  • individuals
  • city organisations

make up the Edinburgh Fairtrade steering group, which meets regularly to find ways to promote fair trade in the city. They welcome anyone with an interest in fair trade to join our network or take a more active role as a member. 

Email Russell Salton or call on 0751 699 7000.

Download the Lord Provost's fair trade awards winners list (PDF, 173KB)

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