Lincoln becomes a Fairtrade city

Lincoln has been granted Fairtrade City status, after it proved it can meet five goals in promoting and maintaining the use of Fairtrade products within businesses and community groups.

The City of Lincoln Council and partner agencies secured the title, and now shoppers will spot certificates in shops and stickers with ‘We support Fairtrade Lincoln’ plus Fairtrade events held each year.

There are almost 40 businesses across Lincoln supporting Fairtrade Lincoln, from national supermarkets to independent cafes and caterers.

Kate Bell, Environment Coordinator at the authority, said: “It is excellent that Lincoln has been given the Fairtrade City status.

“Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions and local sustainability for those producing the goods we but every day.

“We will be working to promote all things Fair Trade over the coming months with some fantastic new schemes and events.

The five challenges Lincoln had to meet were:

  • The City of Lincoln Council passed a resolution supporting and promoting Fairtrade
  • A range of products are available in shops, cafés and catering places
  • Products used by a number of work places and community groups
  • Media coverage and popular support has been attracted
  • A local steering group ensures continued commitment to its Fairtrade City status