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. 

Fairtrade Fortnight 

Fairtrade Fortnight is an annual campaign organised by Fairtrade Foundation that runs between February-March, every year. It brings together thousands of individuals, groups, campaigners, organisations interested in fighting for justice for the people and our planet; and to celebrate the people who grow our food and goods and are often exploited.  

Events in 2022 involved online activities, including a learning lunch in collaboration with Aberdeenshire Council; along with awareness raising activities amongst staff. Wider city activities include online cafés with Co-op Member Pioneers, Aberdeen for a Fairer World, Scottish Fairtrade Forum and Fairtrade Foundation.

If you are interested in running events and or activities contact ecocity@aberdeencity.gov.uk

Scottish Fairtrade Forum

Aberdeen City Council is a member of the Scottish Fairtrade Forum, if you are a business or organisation that sells Fairtrade  products in the city, add your business details to the Scottish Fairtrade Finders map.

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