2015 marks 10 years for Bristol as a Fairtrade City, one of only five cities in the world that have held this status continually for more than 10 years.

Bristol Fairtrade has run several trailblazing campaigns over the last decade, including the world’s largest Fairtrade Fashion Shows, and the world’s first Fairtrade Business Awards. 

This is all great, but what does it actually mean for the city? A recent survey of local people from across the city revealed that 88% thought being a Fairtrade city is important, and 92% of them buy Fairtrade products, far higher than the national average. As a city stuffed with ethical and green businesses and campaigners, as one local Fairtrade shop, La Ruca, says ‘We are very lucky that our customers are conscious of environmental and global equality issues and choose to support Fairtrade.”

1000 Fairtrade Towns

Fairtrade also offers a perfect antedote to Bristol’s slave trade history. Being one of the leading Fairtrade cities in the world shows that Bristol is now looking to lead the way in fair pay and conditions and ending child labour and modern day slavery.

And this year we’re hosting the International Fair Trade Towns Conference, welcoming 400 delegates from across the world. The Conference, ‘Fairtrade For Sustainability’ will explore how Fairtrade works to protect the environment, enables farmers to adapt to the effects of climate change and supports sustainable food production. It’s a major event on the Bristol Green Capital 2015 programme and establishes Fairtrade as a key component of a Sustainable City.


George Ferguson, Mayor of Bristol, said: “I’m proud to live in a city that places such a high value on ethical and sustainable living.  Fairtrade protects the environment and it helps some of the world’s poorest farmers adapt to climate change, but it’s about much more than that.  Fairtrade is about alleviating world poverty and achieving global equality. It is the sign of a good city that we look at both the local and global effect of our actions”

For more details on Fairtrade in Bristol www.bristolfairtrade.org.uk

by Jenny Foster
Bristol and South West Fairtrade Co-ordinator