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Fairtrade in Lincoln

The city was initially granted Fairtrade City status in August 2013 after proving it was equipped to meet five goals, including getting shops and cafes to sell and use Fairtrade products and promoting the ethically sourced products within other businesses.

What is Fairtrade?

Goods that are considered “Fairtrade” are licensed and registered with the Fairtrade mark by the Fairtrade Foundation when they meet a set of criteria based on sustainability, democracy for farmers, acceptable working conditions and community issues. This mark is monitored by a network of Fairtrade Labelling Organisations across the world. The Fairtrade organisations buying the products agree to pay a fair price that covers producers’ basic needs, costs of production, and is guaranteed to be more than the world price, with the extra money used by workers to improve their living and working conditions.

The Fairtrade mark is the only independent guarantee that producers in the developing world have received a premium on the market price.

What does being a Fairtrade City mean?

To be a Fairtrade City five goals need to be achieved:

  • The local council passes a resolution supporting and promoting Fairtrade
  • A range of Fairtrade products are readily available in the area’s shops and served in local cafes / catering establishments
  • Fairtrade products are used by a number of local work places and community groups
  • Media coverage and popular support is attracted for the campaign
  • A local Fairtrade steering group is set up to ensure continued commitment to its Fairtrade City status

Once these five goals have been met, the people of the city are considered to be working towards helping farmers in the third world to be paid a decent wage and provide opportunities for their local communities to be sustainable. However, being a Fairtrade City is a continuing process of promoting and supporting the Fairtrade initiative, and making considered purchasing choices to stop exploitation. 

If you would like further information on Fairtrade in Lincoln, information on how to apply for Fairtrade Friendly Accreditation, or if you would like to register your business, place of worship or school as supporting Fairtrade in the city, please contact the Lincoln Fairtrade City Steering Group on

Further information on the work of the group can be found on the following pages:
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