The Fairtrade Foundation is working to secure a better deal for farmers and workers. The recognisable Fairtrade mark on products represents trade chains that the Foundation considers fair to the producers.

As well as products being Fairtrade, towns, faith groups, schools and universities can also have Fairtrade status.

In 2004, Chelmsford became the first Fairtrade town in Essex. Now a city, Chelmsford continues its commitment to the principles of fair trade.

There are currently 85 retail and commercial companies in Chelmsford that meet the Fairtrade standard. Across the city, organisations supporting Fairtrade include:

  • 17 employers
  • 20 community groups
  • 29 churches
  • 22 educational bodies  

Chelmsford, a Fairtrade City

In June 2020, the Fairtrade Foundation renewed Chelmsford’s status as a Fairtrade City. 

The Foundation awarded the certificate to Chelmsford City Fairtrade Campaign and said: 

"Congratulations! We’re glad to let you know that your Fairtrade City renewal for 2020 has been successful. It’s been fantastic to hear about everything that you have achieved in the past few years. 

You have also built a very strong relationship with the Council and we are glad to hear that they are supporting your group and have renewed their commitment to Fairtrade in different ways including a councillor representative on your group.

We are also pleased to hear that the launch of the City’s Fairtrade Woodland in Admirals Park in 2019 provides a permanent feature to mark the 25th anniversary of Fairtrade and 15 years since Chelmsford became a Fairtrade town/city.”

We will continue to work with the Chelmsford City Fairtrade Campaign to ensure that we:

  • uphold our duties as the local authority for a Fairtrade City
  • are committed to using Fairtrade products
  • promote the Fairtrade principles to our suppliers, where appropriate  

Information about Fairtrade

You can look at the Fairtrade Foundation for more information about the Fairtrade Foundation and their aims.

For information about Fairtrade in our city, you can:

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