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. 

Consumers living in EU cities can be the driving force behind changing attitudes to trade and have a positive impact on the environment and people’s livelihoods. This is why the Award aims to recognise cities working to change consumption and production patterns with the aim to create a unique platform for cities to learn, share and scale-up their sustainability initiatives. All the while contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals, especially SDG12 on more responsible consumption and production.

A first successful edition of the Award took place in 2018. The Belgian city of Ghent was awarded the winning title. A second winning city will be appointed  in 2020. 

Key information to get you started:

Are you proud of what your city has already established, is currently promoting and what it aims to achieve in the coming years? 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

Participating in the 2nd EU Cities for Fair and Ethical Trade Award might be just what your city needs to get the visibility, support and network to reach the next level.

Open Call for Experts in Fair and Ethical Trade

A Call for Applications is open for the engagement of 10 experts who will be responsible for the technical review and shortlisting of the applications for the EU Cities for Fair and Ethical Trade Award 2021. 

More info

The report was prepared by the International Trade Centre (UN/WTO) and its Trade for Sustainable Development (T4SD) Programme, as a compilation of case stories gathered and synthesised from the applications submitted for the EU Cities for Fair and Ethical Trade Award 2019. Download

Application Countdown

Why apply?

  • Celebrate your achievements at a prestigious ceremony
  • Gain increased visibility for your city’s leadership role
  • Feature as a pioneer in the ‘Sustainable Trade Champions’ good practice report
  • Join the shortlisted cities in the Network for EU Cities for Fair and Ethical Trade, lean from and collaborate with each other and experts
  • Get inspiration for your local activities
  • Implement a development cooperation project with ITC support that benefits you and a partner city in a developing country (winner only).

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 project

First Live Webinar

26 March 2020

Official Launch of the 2021 EU Cities for Fair and Ethical Trade Award

4 February 2020, Brussels, Belgium

Key Dates

  • 4 February 2020: Call for Applications
  • 12 June 2020: Application Deadline
  • August 2020: Cities Shortlisted
  • September 2020: Jury Decision
  • October 2020: Award Ceremony

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