Most of London’s boroughs have active Fairtrade Borough campaigns.
What is a Fairtrade Borough? A Borough which has made a public commitment to supporting and using products with the Fairtrade Mark.
An active Fairtrade Borough campaign needs to have support from the Council, local campaigners, retailers, businesses, community organisations, faith groups, schools and universities.
To get involved or for more information about your local borough’s Fairtrade campaign, please get in touch with your borough using the contact information below:
- BARKING & DAGENHAM
- CITY OF LONDON
- HAMMERSMITH & FULHAM
- KENSINGTON & CHELSEA
- TOWER HAMLETS
- WALTHAM FOREST
BARKING & DAGENHAM
Barking and Dagenham Council passed a resolution in 2006 to support Fairtrade and continues to work towards Fairtrade Borough status. More organisations, from businesses, schools and churches to shops and cafes are using and selling Fairtrade products. To find out more about what’s happening locally contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are many shops and cafes offering Fairtrade products in Barnet, and several schools and faith communities are working to raise awareness of Fairtrade. However there is currently no active campaign to become a Fairtrade Borough. The Fairtrade London Steering Group is keen to see a Fairtrade Group in every London borough and can offer support and advice to anyone interested in reviving the campaign in Barnet. Please contact us on email@example.com for more information.
Although there are many shops and cafes selling and serving Fairtrade products in Bexley, there is currently no active campaign to become a Fairtrade Borough. The Fairtrade London Steering Group is keen to see a Fairtrade Group in every London borough and can offer support and advice to anyone interested in reviving the campaign in Bexley. Please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Brent Fairtrade Network achieved Fairtrade status for the borough in 2012 and renewed in 2013 and 2015. In Fairtrade Fortnight 2016 we held a Fairtrade Brunch at Willesden Library. In November 2016 we hosted a public debate on the future of Fairtrade and issues such as the difference between Fairtrade and Rainforest Alliance. Our newsletter goes to over 250 people and we hold meetings every 2-3 months: new people are always welcome.
Contact: Peter Moore
Fairtrade products in Bromley are available in supermarkets and coffee shop chains. The Cotton Store in Hayes sells Fairtrade cotton items (www.thecottonstore.co.uk).
Many local churches have Fairtraders selling Traidcraft products, usually after a morning service. Bromley Road Beckenham Methodist Church runs a community cafe selling Fairtrade products (weekdays 11am to 2 pm). Bromley Parish Church (Church Road) has a Traidcraft Stall in the Church Rooms on Saturday mornings 10am to 12 noon. Some Fairtraders keep a larger stock, or will place orders post-free for customers (www.traidcraft.co.uk/stockists).
We are a diverse and friendly group of volunteers who are proud of Camden’s ongoing commitment to Fairtrade. We recently celebrated our tenth anniversary as a Fairtrade Borough.
Events in recent years have included a Fairtrade Banana Bake Off judged by a banana producer from Colombia, a Fairtrade Walk across the borough, making a sculpture of a giant pair of shoes to ‘take a step’ for Fairtrade, and a wine and chocolate drinks reception in the mayor of Camden’s offices!
We work well with the council who let us put up Fairtrade banners in various public places every Fairtrade Fortnight.
We meet at Camden Town Hall to plan activities: do join us if you’d like to get involved!
The City of London’s Square Mile has had Fairtrade Status since 2007 and the City’s community, businesses and residents continue to show their commitment. We are proud that we have a committed and active steering group who each year organise a range of meet-the-buyer events, debates and breakfasts to promote Fairtrade. As a world-leading international financial and business centre, the City of London has an interest in helping the businesses that Fairtrade supports play their part in global trade and development – access to markets being a key theme for the business City.
Croydon is proud of its status as the first Fairtrade London Borough. In recent years, we have held stalls in the Whitgift Centre, and held a special tenth anniversary event in the Clocktower Cafe. We have also held stalls at the Green Fair, Wandle Park Fair, and Heathfield events.
Ealing became a Fairtrade Borough in 2008, and has an active steering group which organises events every Fairtrade Fortnight and activities throughout the year. We always welcome new members and volunteers: if you live, work or study in the Borough and would like to get involved, please contact us.
Contact: Jackie Whitaker
In 2011 our group decided we could be most effective in promoting Fairtrade through organisations and businesses in Enfield. We have made a particular effect to work in local schools and would like to mention Enfield County School, who have really embraced Fairtade, holding coffee mornings, a cake baking competition and a fair trade design competition. Other initiatives included building links with local independent stores, to show that support of Fairtrade can work side by side with support for local business. This is in addition to promoting Fairtrade at a number of community events and the annual Enfield Town Show.
Contact: Nina Tweddle
Facebook: Enfield Fairtrade
The Royal Borough of Greenwich was awarded Fairtrade status in 2006 for its commitment to supporting Fairtrade. Since then, the Royal Borough has expanded its work with local schools, retailers and charities to support a fair deal for producers and farm workers around the world. In 2015, Greenwich held a one day Fairtrade Festival in General Gordon Square in Woolwich.
Hackney became a Fairtrade Borough in 2008. Continued active council support for the group gives us a good foundation, and we are keen to widen the number and range of residents, businesses and community organisations involved in our activities, and to demonstrate the support for Fairtrade in our borough.
Contact: Cllr Clare Potter
There is currently no active Fairtrade Borough campaign in Hammersmith & Fulham. Please contact us on email@example.com if you’re interested in starting a campaign with like minded people in this borough.
Fairtrade Haringey was established to encourage people who live, work or study in Haringey to buy Fairtrade. The Fairtrade Haringey group meets approximately four times a year, and discusses how we can encourage more people in Haringey to buy Fairtrade products. This includes organising events, attending fairs and encouraging workplaces, schools and faith organisations to get involved.
Facebook: Fairtrade Haringey Group
Harrow successfully secured its status as a Fairtrade borough in 2014, thanks to lots of hard work by campaigners, community groups, local businesses and Harrow Council.
Contact: Nana Asante
The London Borough of Havering continues to consider becoming a Fairtrade Borough and there is strong support from the community to promote Fairtrade. The Fairtrade London Steering Group is keen to see a Fairtrade Group in every London borough and can offer support and advice to anyone interested in starting the campaign in Havering. Please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Hillingdon continues to work towards Fairtrade Borough status. Brunel University is leading the way, having gained Fairtrade University status and being one of London’s most active and creative universities during Fairtrade Fortnight. Local schools, churches and synagogues are all involved in raising awareness of Fairtrade. A further push on getting more cafés and outlets stocking Fairtrade goods is planned, but persuading the Council to back Fairtrade is the main goal left to achieve. Please contact us on email@example.com to get involved with the campaign for Fairtrade in Hillingdon.
Hounslow was officially recognised as a Fairtrade borough in 2007 after a two-year council-led campaign that was backed by local faith groups, schools, business and residents. As a result a wider range of Fairtrade items such as fruit, chocolate, tea, coffee and wine are now readily available across the borough.
Islington continues to support Fairtrade through its active and supportive community, council and steering group. In the last year, we have promoted Fairtrade from market stalls to activities in the Town Hall. For Fairtrade Fortnight we held a poster competition with local schools and the outcomes were breath taking. Everyone was wowed by over 120 poster entries depicting what Fairtrade meant to each student. We will continue to engage with the local community and seek to reach out to schools, business, institutions and the people of Islington.
KENSINGTON & CHELSEA
Although there are shops and cafes selling and serving Fairtrade products in Kensington & Chelsea, there is currently no active campaign to become a Fairtrade Borough. The Fairtrade London Steering Group is keen to see a Fairtrade Group in every London borough and can offer support and advice to anyone interested in reviving the campaign in Kensington & Chelsea. Please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The Kingston Fairtrade Steering Group is a group of passionate and enthusiastic campaigners who meet regularly in the Swallow Bakery in the Rose Theatre.
Contact: Peter Watson
Fairtrade in Lambeth is about promoting Fairtrade and spreading the message far and wide and having fun while you are doing it.
We have held different types of events throughout the year which included having the actual farmers come and talk to our council, fashion shows, wine tastings, flash mobs and face painting 600 kids at the Lambeth Country Show. We have great support locally from the council and some local businesses.
Lewisham has been a Fairtrade Borough since 2005 with many local shops, cafes and community venues offering certified Fairtrade products. The Group consists of among others, local residents and staff from Lewisham Council. The Mayor of Lewisham Business Awards have a Fairtrade category that rewards businesses, community organisations and individuals promoting Fairtrade in the borough. As part of Fairtrade Fortnight 2012, a poster competition was run. The winning design by Esosa Joe-Oshodi, aged 12 from Bonus Pastor Catholic College, appeared across the whole side of a recycling vehicle taking the Fairtrade message across the borough as it did its rounds.
Contact: Joanna Huxton
Activity is on-going promoting Fairtrade at local community events. The steering group have developed links with a Green Coffee group and through this group are now linked with a local mum’s network and food co-operative that are helping to spread the word. The Council continues to support and promote Fairtrade, including in its Climate Change and Procurement strategies.
There is currently no active Fairtrade Borough campaign in Newham. Please contact us on email@example.com if you’re interested in starting a campaign with like minded people in this borough.
There is currently no active Fairtrade Borough campaign in Redbridge. Please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested in starting a campaign with like minded people in this borough.
Richmond became a Fairtrade Borough in 2006 and has renewed status several times. The active steering group always welcomes new members and volunteers, so if you live, work or study in the borough and would like to get involved, please contact us. We continue to reach out to schools, using the Council’s communication channels, an annual schools’ conference and personal contacts. We want to develop better links with local businesses and employers.
Contact: Jerry Elloy
Southwark gained Fairtrade Borough status in June 2007. The borough is passionate about Fairtrade, with the Council taking a strong lead. The borough is host to the seat of the Diocese of Southwark – London’s first Fairtrade Diocese – and also a very active local CAFOD group. The Bread of Life Centre and cafe in Christ Church, East Dulwich, is a hub for community participation in Fairtrade activities in the borough.
Sutton Fairtrade Community Group has developed an Action Plan in partnership with Sutton Council. This outlines a programme of events and activities that aims to include and enable recognition of the variety of localised Fairtrade activity that goes on in churches and schools. The plan also aims to build on the work of the sustainability team within the council in strengthening Fairtrade procurement policies. Members of the group undertake an annual audit of all the shops and cafes in the borough that stock Fairtrade products, who are awarded a certificate. The results of the audit are published on their website as a reference point for Fairtrade shoppers to find out where they can purchase different kinds of Fairtrade goods and refreshments.
Our council recently committed to developing a comprehensive ethical procurement policy incorporating Fairtrade and covering catering, staff clothing, and possibly other product categories. The council has supplied nearly all local school canteens with Fairtrade bananas since 2012. Research shows that the borough’s schools ate 40,630 Fairtrade bananas in 2014! Redlands Primary School made local history when they switched their sweatshirts to Fairtrade cotton.
Contact: Glenn Power
Waltham Forest became a Fairtrade Borough in 2007. The Waltham Forest Fairtrade Campaign Group is supported by the Council and made up of partners from across the borough.
Wandsworth Fairtrade Campaign are working towards gaining Fairtrade Status for the Borough. We have enthusiastic grassroots support and are working on raising awareness of Fairtrade and its benefits with community and faith groups, businesses and schools. We meet once a month and hold several events throughout the year. All new members are welcome. Please get in touch if you would like to get involved.
Contact: Amy Wilson
Westminster is home to four Fairtrade Universities (LSE, KCL, Westminster University and Westminster Kingsway College) and a number of flagship Fairtrade outlets, including the Houses of Parliament. There are over a dozen Fairtrade churches, two Fairtrade Synagogues and several schools promoting Fairtrade. However, there is currently no active campaign to become a Fairtrade Borough. The Fairtrade London Steering Group is keen to see a Fairtrade Group in every London borough and can offer support and advice to anyone interested in starting a campaign in Westminster. Please contact us on email@example.com for more information.