Aberdeen made its first mark on the Fair Trade world with the opening of the shop known as The Third World Centre in 1983. The shop ran firstly in St Mary’s Chapel, Kirk of St Nicholas and then in 101 George Street until it closed in March 2011.
Read more about the history of the Centre here: Pioneers of Fair Trade
The Centre also instigated the campaign to gain Fairtrade City status for Aberdeen, and this was finally achieved in 2004, when Aberdeen and Dundee became the first cities in Scotland to receive the award.
Aberdeen for a Fairer World, as the TWC’s successor, continues to play a part in the independent steering group that works to ensure that Aberdeen keeps its Fairtrade award.