Edinburgh Fairtrade City

Edinburgh has held Fairtrade City status since 2004. We officially support fair trade and help the city work towards fair trade goals.

Fair trade is a movement to give 

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

for farmers and workers in the developing world.

To learn more visit the Fairtrade Foundation and the Edinburgh Fairtrade City Facebook page.

Fairtrade Fortnight

Fairtrade Fortnight is held annually in the first quarter of the year.

This year Fairtrade Fortnight will run from Monday 22 February to Sunday 7 March 2021

The theme of this year's Fortnight is Choose the World You Want, which highlights the growing challenges that climate change brings to farmers and workers in the communities Fairtrade works with.  They have done the least to contribute to climate change but are disproportionately affected by it. 

Climate change is one of their biggest challenges, while low prices for their crops mean that they are struggling to survive. Only with more money will they feel equipped to meet their everyday needs and deal with the challenges they face from climate change.  The climate crisis is an immediate and ever-increasing threat and those in climate-vulnerable countries are already seeing its impacts from droughts and crop disease to floods, heatwaves and shrinking harvests. 

Unfortunately due to the current situation, events will only be online this year. You can sign up to the virtual festival here. There are also details of a Fairtrade Community Arts Festival with events sponsored by the Edinburgh FT Group here. Ways in which your business can become involved in Fairtrade Fortnight are here

The Edinburgh Fairtrade City Steering Group has produced a newsletter detailing all the events that are taking place in Edinburgh and further afield as part of this year's Fairtrade Fortnight. You can view it here.

Get involved

There are many ways that you can help support and promote fair trade:

Volunteers to help with fair trade events

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

Read about volunteering with Edinburgh Fairtrade City

Duties may involve, but not be limited to, the following:

  • welcome visitors, children and adults
  • set up displays and decorations
  • ask visitors to take action post-event
  • speak about and promote fair trade
  • tidy up post-event and re-pack and load supplies
  • looking after a stall and engaging visitors at events, some of which are outdoors
  • hosting a public event with a guest speaker
  • promoting our events, at a time and method which suits you and your schedule

We are looking for volunteers that are

  • interested in fair trade
  • committed to promoting key communications, campaigns, and staying on-message
  • able to report to the office bearers of the Edinburgh Fairtrade City Steering Group
  • aged 18 or over
  • friendly and self-confident
  • good at communication with adults and children
  • interested in engaging with the general public and children
  • good team workers
  • able to work independently
  • able to commit regularly to events - approximately four to six each year.

To apply email [email protected] up to 200 words outlining your:

  • interest in fair trade
  • skills
  • past experience promoting fair trade
  • contact details

Buy fair trade products

There are over 37 suppliers of Fairtrade Mark, WFTO guaranteed and fairly traded products across Scotland, many with online shops. You can find a list of suppliers offering ethical, sustainable and Fair Trade clothing and accessories, crafts, food and drink, homeware and other produce to help you buy Fair Trade on the Scottish Fair Trade Forum and fair trade products on the Fairtrade Foundation website.

Use or become a fair trade business

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

In Edinburgh there are several

  • cafes
  • hotels
  • wholesalers
  • apartments.

Be a fair trade school

Visit the Fairtrade Schools website to find out how to become a Fairtrade School and get supporting materials and resources.

Twelve Edinburgh schools have gained fair trade status and others are working towards it:

  • Blackhall Primary 
  • Hermitage Park Primary 
  • Holy Rood High 
  • Leith Primary 
  • Royal High Primary 
  • St Ninian's RC Primary 
  • St Thomas of Aquin's High 
  • St Catherine's RC Primary 
  • St John's RC Primary 
  • Stenhouse Primary 
  • Towerbank Primary 
  • Trinity Primary.

A Fairtrade School is committed to fair trade. It

  • uses fair trade products as far as possible
  • learns about how global trade works and why fair trade is important; and
  • takes action for fair trade in the school and the community.

Join the network

The Edinburgh Fairtrade steering group - made up of the Council, individuals and organisations - meets regularly to find ways to promote fair trade in the city. It welcomes anyone with an interest in fair trade to join the Edinburgh Fairtrade City network. 

Contact Russell Salton on [email protected] or 0751 699 7000.