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. 


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

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

Third Live Webinar

18 June 2020

Second Live Webinar

30 April 2020

First Live Webinar

26 March 2020

The EU Cities for Fair and Ethical Trade Award is an initiative of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Trade implemented by the International Trade Centre.