Fairtrade in Aberdeen

Fairtrade aims to help farmers and workers in developing countries receive a fair price for the products they produce. Fairtrade ensures better working conditions and job security for producers.

Aberdeen was the first city in Scotland to achieve Fairtrade status in 2004.

More than 4,500 products carry the Fairtrade mark from coffee and tea, to flowers and juices. Search for where to buy your Fairtrade Mark products.

Achieving Fairtrade status

To achieve Fairtrade status a city must continue to take action on the five goals set by the Fairtrade Foundation. These are:

  1. Local council passes a resolution supporting Fairtrade and agrees to serve Fairtrade products.
  2. A range of Fairtrade products are readily available in the area's shops and served in local cafés, restaurants and pubs.
  3. Local workplaces and community organisations support Fairtrade and use Fairtrade products wherever possible.
  4. Media coverage and events raise awareness and understanding of Fairtrade across the community.
  5. A local Fairtrade steering group is convened to ensure the campaign continues to develop and gain new support.

Fairtrade schools

The Fairtrade Schools Award gives primary and secondary school students the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding of global issues. Studying Fairtrade links in well with the Curriculum for Excellence in themes such as enterprise, citizenship, sustainable development and international education. We currently have 3 secondary schools and 18 primary schools in Aberdeen who have achieved Fairtrade school accreditation.

Support Fairtrade

Here are some suggestions for steps you can take to support Fairtrade:


  • Buy Fairtrade products when you are shopping – try switching to Fairtrade bananas, tea, coffee, sugar or chocolate.
  • Ask your local shop to consider stocking more Fairtrade products.
  • Tell your friends about your favourite Fairtrade product – in real life or on social media.
  • Teach your children about Fairtrade and why it is so important.
  • Invite your friends out for a cup of Fairtrade tea or coffee.

Businesses and organisations

  • Stock a range of Fairtrade products in your shop, café or restaurant.
  • Display Fairtrade promotional material.
  • If you run a café or restaurant, list Fairtrade items on menus.
  • Celebrate Fairtrade fortnight which is held in February and March each year.
  • Use Fairtrade teas and coffees in meetings or kitchens.
  • Stock Fairtrade drinks or snacks in vending machines.
  • Raise awareness of Fairtrade among staff using newsletters, the intranet, events or displays.

Pledge your support for Fairtrade in Aberdeen

To make a pledge to support Fairtrade in Aberdeen as an individual, business or organisation, please download and return the form below. Email it back to ecocity@aberdeencity.gov.uk and we will send you a certificate to recognise your support for Fairtrade. 


Aberdeen Fairtrade Steering Group presents a Panel Discussion on ‘Fairtrade and the Pandemic’ 

What effect has the pandemic had on Fairtrade/Fair Trade not merely on the UK's commitment to it but also globally? Is an increasing national concern and individual concern for economic security unsettling the progress that's been made in the uptake of Fair trade in the world? On the other hand the pandemic has exposed the moral failings of our economic systems, accentuating inequalities, and many see this as an opportunity for a whole new way of thinking about trade both locally and globally. 

Our panellists 

  • Martin Rhodes, Chief Executive, Scottish Fair Trade Forum 
  • Mary Popple, Chair of Board of Directors, JTS (Just Trading Scotland)
  • Pauline Tiffen, Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Fair Trade 

Our host for this online event is Nigel Dower, Chair, Aberdeen For a Fairer World and he will be supported as co-host by Olu Fatokun, Sustainability Officer Aberdeen City Council 

Details of the event: 

  • Date: Tuesday 3rd of November 2020 
  • Time : 7:00pm to 8:30pm 
  • Cost: Free 

Contact details

To find out more about Fairtrade in Aberdeen please get in touch:
03000 200292

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