The Story So Far


Fairlie Fairtrade Village

Fairlie Parish Church organises a monthly Traidcraft stall selling Fairtrade goods, developing a Fairtrade Group and starting awareness campaign which would expand with the launch of Fairlie Worldwide Christmas Shopping, an evening in December with Fairtrade food, fashion and gifts available.

Fairtrade Group participates in campaigns promoting Fairtrade to Supermarkets and the public in North Ayrshire.


Fairlie Community Council invites Fairtrade group to address Council on aims and objectives of Fairtrade Movement.

Buy Fairtrade

March 2004

Community Council sponsors public meeting at which Fairtrade Steering Group is formed to advance awareness of and ensure continuing commitment to Fairtrade in Fairlie and meet all goals prescribed by Fairtrade Foundation and become Scotland's first Fairtrade Village.

June 2004

North Ayrshire Council commits support for Fairtrade.

Fairtrade products being used by local work places and community organisations and served in local restaurants, B&B's and catering establishments.

Local consumers made aware of availability of Fairtrade products.

Local media coverage ensures widespread public support for Fairlie Fairtrade.

Fairlie Fairtrade Village

December 2004

Fairtrade Foundation, satisfied that all the goals have been met, accords the village Fairtrade Status and Fairlie is proud to be Scotland's First Fairtrade Village. Several hundred people attend the celebration evening on 2nd December 2004 when the certificate from Fairtrade Foundation was presented.


March 2005

Fairlie Fairtrade VillageFairlie becomes Scotland's First Fairtrade Village in March 2005 by achieving the criteria of five goals required by the Fairtrade Foundation.

The criteria for becoming a Fairtrade Village are:

  1. The local council must pass a resolution supporting Fairtrade, and serve Fairtrade coffee and tea at its meetings and in offices and canteens.
  2. A range of Fairtrade products must be readily available in the area's shops and served in local cafés and catering establishments (targets are set in relation to population)
  3. Fairtrade products must be used by a number of local work places and community organisations
  4. Attract media coverage and popular support for the campaign
  5. A local Fairtrade steering group must be convened to ensure continued commitment to Fairtrade Town status

The picture above shows mango farmer Arsene from Burkina Faso unveiling the Fairlie Fairtrade Village sign.

The assistance and backing of North Ayrshire Council and our local councillor and the support and encouragement from local businesses and organisations are acknowledged.