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What is Fairtrade?

Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world.

Fairtrade’s focus is to support farmers and workers to improve the quality of their lives and take more control over their futures.

Why Fairtrade?

The FAIRTRADE Mark on products is your guarantee that disadvantaged farmers and workers in the developing world are getting a better deal.


By requiring companies to pay sustainable prices (which must never fall lower than the market price), Fairtrade addresses the injustices of conventional trade, which traditionally discriminates against the poorest, weakest producers. It enables them to improve their position and have more control over their lives.

How to be involved?

Becoming a Fairtrade School

A key part of being a Fairtrade Town is educating young people about what Fair trade is, and how their actions can make a substantial difference to the livelihoods of growers, producers and manufacturers around the world.

Find out more about how your school can support  Fairtrade|.

Becoming a Fairtrade Business

Whatever your business, there are lots of ways you can become more Fairtrade Friendly. From producing certified Fairtrade Products, becoming a stockist, running a campaign, or just serving Fairtrade Tea and Coffee in your offices. The Fairtrade Foundation has a great amount of resources available to help your business do the right thing and take advantage of the extra reputational benefit it brings. You can find more information on the Fairtrade| website.

Be part of Gateshead Fairtrade Steering Group

We are keen to involve local businesses in our Steering Group, and to understand the size of the local supply chain.

If you as an individual or on behalf of a local business are interested in becoming a member of the Gateshead Fairtrade Steering Group, and advancing the Fairtrade agenda in Gateshead, please get in touch with us using the contact details below.  

Contact Us

For more information on Fairtrade contact:

Maria Shaughnessy
Telephone: 0191 433 2067
Chief Executive Office, Civic Centre, Regent Street, Gateshead. NE8 1HH

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