About Fair Trade

NEWSFLASH: We have published a new book of inspiring stories stretching from the origins of fair trade to the present day

Details of our book, Fair’s Fair – Inspiring stories of Fair Trade champions from the 18th century to the present day, and information on how to purchase it, can be found here.

You can also download a FREE set of Teaching Notes for use alongside the book for anyone working with children, either as an editable document or as a pdf (better version for printing).

Fair's Fair book

See the Forum’s Fairly Traded York trail guiding you round the beautiful and historic city centre and exploring its fair trade links here.

What is Fair Trade?

Fair Trade is a partnership between producers (the farmers, craftsmen and women in poorer countries who provide our coffee, tea, sugar, cocoa, cotton and jewellery among other daily items) and the consumers in wealthier countries.

The partnership ensures

  • Prices paid to producers provide a living wage
  • Better environmental standards
  • More rights for workers and their families and communities
  • Better trading relationships
  • Access to the Fairtrade Premium which gives communities the money needed to improve education, infrastructure, business training and equipment

Fairtrade City LogoWhat does York Fair Trade Forum Do?

  • Campaign locally, nationally and internationally for a fairer, just and sustainable corporate control trade system
  • Promote Fair Trade in York through a variety of activities
  • Review and Renew York City Fairtrade Status
  • Provide a list of Fair Trade retailers in the city for citizens and visitors
  • Work with other Fair Trade towns and regions

We are a not-for-profit organisation.


What does the Fairtrade Mark mean?


 This logo, registered with the EU, helps shoppers identify the items on the shop shelves which have been fairly traded in accordance with internationally agreed standards.  Its use on a product is licensed by the Fairtrade Foundation.