Environmental sustainability

Fairtrade borough

The London Borough of Sutton is a Fairtrade borough. This work is led by the Sutton Community Fairtrade Group which includes representatives from voluntary groups, churches, schools and businesses in the borough.

The way that international trading systems work means that farmers in developing countries are greatly disadvantaged. By choosing to buy products that have the Fairtrade mark consumers can be assured that the goods have been produced under agreed labour and environmental standards that directly benefit farmers and their families in developing countries ,and give them a route out of poverty.

The unique factor about the Fairtrade label is that farmers also receive a Fairtrade premium which has to be used to fund and develop health, education of infrastructure facilities for the community as a whole.

There are now over 6,000 Fairtrade products which include

  • gold
  • cotton wool
  • ice cream
  • olive oil
  • tea
  • coffee
  • chocolate

To find out more about more about what Fairtrade products you can purchase, and where you can purchase them locally visit Sutton Community Fairtrade Group.

Details of Fairtrade activity happening nationally, including access to a whole range of downloadable resources can be found on the Fairtrade Foundation website.