The Observatory on Fair Trade in Public Procurement provides a wealth of resources on fair trade and procurement. This includes an updated Guide, as well as a series of case studies. The Observatory is co-ordinated by the European Fair Trade Association, and involves ICLEI.

To visit the Observatory click here.

What is the aim of the Buy Fair Guide?

This website guide is meant to provide clear and simple advice for public authorities wishing to purchase Fair Trade products. The guide includes the following:


The website also includes a series of good practice case studies, together with a detailed legal report (pdf) on Fair Trade in procurement, a summary of some national Fair Trade initiatives (pdf), a Powerpoint presentation (ppt) to help you convince others within the organisation, a training toolkit for developing your internal capacities, and the text of the significant recent European Parliament Resolution on supporting Fair Trade.


A collection of reports has also been prepared on how local governments in the developing world can help to support the promotion of Fair Trade locally.


Download the complete Buy Fair Guide (pdf)

The Buy Fair project

This Guide has been produced through the ICLEI-led Buy Fair project, with the expert assistance of the European Fair Trade Association (EFTA), CTM Altromercato (Italy), Fair Trade Original (Netherlands), IDEAS (Spain), and Oxfam Wereldwinkels (Belgium).

The project, which ended in October 2006, was funded by the Dutch Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment (VROM)