What is Fair Trader?
Established in 2009, Fair Trader is a volunteer-run co-operative in beautiful ‘Summer Wine’ Holmfirth, West Yorkshire. We aim to reduce world poverty by promoting fair and ethical trading. One of the largest fair trade shops in the UK, we sell a wide range of sustainable, ethical and stylish products, each having
We have 660 members and 30 volunteers (Aug 2020)
Since 2010 over £500,000 spent with more than 90 suppliers in 30 countries.
A not-for-profit organization, Fair Trader partners smaller, sustainable suppliers, including co-operatives, artisans and designer-makers, both locally and in Nepal, Afghanistan, Colombia, Bolivia, Palestine and many other countries
Our orders for many of these small suppliers continue to provide them with a dignified way of supporting themselves at a time when many face increased economic hardship.
We are also working hard to help potential new suppliers access the UK market, helping with improving design, quality, and promotion.
The Co-operative Difference
Fair Trader is a community co-operative, part of the international co-operative movement, and applies co-operative principles in everything it does.
Co-operatives are based on the values of self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity and solidarity. In the tradition of their founders, co-operative members believe in the ethical values of honesty, openness, social responsibility and caring for others.