Lewisham Council - Fairtrade


The borough of Lewisham is committed to supporting Fairtrade and a number of activities are organised throughout the year. Why not organise your own activity or become part of the borough’s campaign group? If you’re a business, why not find out how to be nominated for a Fairtrade Business Award?

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.

How are we involved?

We have been a Fairtrade borough since 2005 with many local shops, cafes and community venues offering certified Fairtrade products. See our Fairtrade directory which lists businesses in the borough that use or sell Fairtrade products. We take responsibility for coordinating Fairtrade campaigns and help support the borough’s dedicated Fairtrade Steering Group.

Fairtrade Steering Group

Campaigns and events that take place in the borough are planned by the Fairtrade Steering Group. Current membership includes local residents and representatives from Goldsmiths, Oxfam, Lewisham Healthcare NHS Trust, the South East London Chamber of Commerce as well as members of staff from Lewisham Council.

The group meets around four times a year. If you’d like to find out more about becoming a member please contact the Economic Development Service.

Fairtrade campaigns

A number of activities are organised throughout the year with the annual highlight being Fairtrade Fortnight. You can organise your own event or join in with those already being planned.

Fairtrade Business Award

Included in the Mayor of Lewisham Business awards is a Fairtrade category.   This rewards businesses, community organisations or individuals that are promoting Fairtrade in the borough. Nominees can be retailers, cafés, Fairtrade suppliers, voluntary organisations, or entrepreneurs. Find out how to apply or nominate someone.



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