EU Cities for Fair and Ethical Trade Award

Be a sustainable trade champion!

The EU Cities for Fair and Ethical Trade Award, an initiative of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Trade, celebrates EU cities who champion more sustainable trade, consumption and production, thus creating opportunities for producers elsewhere. 

Purchasing decisions of consumers in EU cities, as global trade and consumption centres, are key to driving change, both for the environment and people’s livelihoods. The Award recognizes and showcases EU cities’ achievements across the social, economic and environmental pillars of international trade which help to deliver on SDG 12 and other goals. Through knowledge-sharing and networking opportunities, the Award provides a unique platform for EU cities to learn and scale up their sustainability initiatives.

After a successful first edition in 2018 that awarded the winning title to the Belgian city of Ghent, the second Award will take place in 2020. The Award welcomes applications from cities leading on sustainable, fair and ethical trade through:

  • A compelling vision, strategy and objectives
  • Relevant policies
  • Impactful activities and initiatives

The Award recognizes cities in the following categories:

  • An overall winner
  • Special Mentions for outstanding achievements in several areas
Meeting of the Network of EU Cities for Fair and Ethical Trade, 10 September 2019, Lyon, France
Coming Soon: The 2019 Good Practice Handbook

Who Can Apply?

  • Cities in the EU
  • Cities with more than 20,000 inhabitants
  • Cities with a coherent approach to fair and ethical trade

Why apply?

  • Prestigious recognition
  • Increased visibility
  • Promotion of pioneers
  • Knowledge exchange and collaboration with other shortlisted cities a in the Award’s Network
  • Support for a development cooperation projectE

Key dates

  • January 2020: Call for Applications
  • April/May 2020: Application Deadline
  • August 2020: Cities Shortlisted
  • September 2020: Jury Decision
  • October 2020: Award Ceremony

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