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Fair Trade

Fair TradeIn May 2010, the Leichhardt Municipality became accredited as a "Fair Trade Community". The accreditation was awarded to Council by the Fair Trade Association of Australia and New Zealand (FTAANZ).  Leichhardt Council was the third Council in Australia to have earned this accreditation.

By receiving this accreditation, the Leichhardt Municipality now joins over 300 Fair Trade Communities across the country including other Councils, workplaces, schools and faith groups. All of these groups have signed up to make the big swap to fair trade products in order to tackle poverty and create better futures for developing country farmers, producers, their families and communities. Council congratulates residents & community groups in this achievement!

What is Fair Trade?

According to FTAANZ, "Fair Trade” is about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world. 

By requiring companies to pay sustainable prices, Fair Trade addresses the injustices of conventional trade, which traditionally discriminates against the poorest, weakest producers. It enables them to improve their position and have more control over their lives. 

Fair trade ensures a better deal for producers in developing countries and also an assurance to consumers that the full benefits of fair trade are being received by producers for example:

  • A fair & stable price for their produce 
  • Security of long term contracts 
  • Investment in local community development 
  • Improved working conditions 
  • Environmentally sustainable farming methods 
  • Support in gaining the knowledge & skills needed to operate successfully in the global economy 

Get involved in Fair Trade

You can assist the Fair Trade scheme by:

  • Buying Fair Trade products - Look for the FAIRTRADE Label 
  • Getting involved with the local Committee 
  • Selling Fair Trade products in your business 
  • Using Fair Trade products at your enterprise eg. Tea, coffee, sugar 

Fairtrade MarketBuy and identify Fair Trade products

You can find businesses & community enterprises who are committed to sustainable practises:

You can identify Fair Trade products by the certification label. 


Fair Trade Fortnight

Fair Trade Fortnight is an annual event that brings focus on the impact we as consumers can have in improving the lives of disadvantaged producers around the work.  This period acknowledges the important role played by Fair Trade, and encourages everyone in the community to consider making ethical choices when they shop.

Leichhardt's Sustainable Shopping Guide

We've launched our Sustainable Shopping Guide!  A go-to guide to the best organic fresh produce markets, community gardens and sustainable food, fashion and furniture in Leichhardt and the surrounding suburbs of Sydney's Inner West.
Check it out.

This project is a NSW EPA Waste Less, Recycle More initiative funded from the waste levy.

Watch the Fair Trade Video



More information

Leichhardt Council’s commitment to the promotion of Fair Trade and procurement of Fair Trade products led to its recognition as Fair Trade Council by the Fair Trade Association.