Fair Trade Towns Celebrates 1000 and Growing

01 June 2011



On Saturday, 4 June, towns around the world will declare their support for Fair Trade celebrating the 1000th Fair Trade Town. It’s a monumental day for the grassroots campaign that, from small beginnings in a British village, has become a worldwide movement to change buying habits and build awareness of Fair Trade.

Eight cities and towns around the globe will jointly declare their Fair Trade Town status as part of the celebration

  • Kumamoto, Japan
  • Herne, Germany
  • Kontich, Belgium
  • Bilzen, Belgium
  • Madrid, Spain
  • Witney, England
  • Rutherglen & Cambuslang, Scotland
  • Aberaeron, Wales

Organizers have also written a statement that calls on world leaders to ‘Make Trade Fair’. It will be presented at G20 Agricultural Ministerial meeting in Paris on 22 -23 June. Add your name to the list and help ensure a better deal for producers and learn more about the event by clicking here.

A number of important leaders have shared their comments on this tremendous achievement.

Mr Jerzy Buzek, President of the European Parliament, said: “Let me (…) congratulate you on the Fair Trade Towns campaign with almost 1000 Fair Trade Towns worldwide involved, the majority being in the EU. This is a perfect example of good cooperation between local authorities, NGOs, volunteers and consumers, all in support of Fair Trade (…) Fair Trade is not about charity: it is about making trade work for development, in particular marginalized producers and workers in the South”.

Mr Staffan Nilsson, President of the European Economic and Social Committee, said: “I would (..) like to congratulate the community of Fair Trade Towns campaign connecting over one thousand local communities, and showing an excellent example of good cooperation between different actors all supporting Fair Trade. (…) Fair Trade has shown to be an important and effective contributor to poverty reduction, socially and economically empowering small scale producers.”

Ms Mercedes Bresso, President of the EU Committee of the Regions, said: “I am extremely happy to see that today 1000 cities, many of them members of the CoR (Committee of the Regions), are part of the Fair Trade movement. (…) The CoR is delighted with the development of Fair Trade and the growing readiness of Europe's municipalities and regions to introduce environmental and social criteria into public procurement. This readiness is all the more important in the current financial and economic crisis”.

To learn how you can make your town a Fair Trade Town, visit www.fairtradetowns.org.

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