Edinburgh Fairtrade City

Fair trade in Edinburgh

Fair trade is a movement to give

  • better prices
  • improved working conditions
  • fair terms of trade

for farmers and workers in the developing world. You can find out more about fair trade on the Fairtrade Foundation website.

Fairtrade Fortnight

The theme of this year's Fairtrade Fortnight is Come on in. In 2018, Fairtrade Fortnight will run from Monday 26 February to Sunday 11 March. 

Edinburgh Fairtrade City's fair trade festival 2018 will take place on Saturday 10 March from 10.30am to 3.30pm at

Out of the Blue Drill Hall
36 Dalmeny Street
EH6 8RG.

You can download the event poster below.

You can find out more about Fairtrade Fortnight 2018 on the Fairtrade Foundation's website and the Edinburgh Fairtrade City website.

Volunteers wanted

Edinburgh Fairtrade City is currently looking for new events volunteers to join their team. You can find out more about this and how to apply below.

Join our 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

  • city organisations
  • businesses
  • individiuals

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. Please contact Russell Salton for further information


0751 699 7000.

How to get involved

There are several ways for

  • schools
  • businesses
  • organisations
  • individuals

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

Buy fair trade products

You can find a list of fair trade products on the Fairtrade Foundation website.  Many

  • shops
  • businesses
  • organisations
  • colleges
  • universities

in Edinburgh use and sell fair trade goods. You can tell these products by the Fairtrade mark.

Use or become a fair trade business

In Edinburgh there are several fair trade

  • cafes
  • wholesalers
  • hotels
  • apartments.

You can 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. You can download a list of fair trade schools and find out how your school can join them below.

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

More advice

Whether on your own or as part of a community or campaign group you can get involved in fair trade in the city. Contact us or visit the Fairtrade Foundation website for general advice


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