FAIRTRADE supporters banded together to toast World Fair Trade Day.
The celebration was organised by Sunderland Fair Trade Partnership, which comprises Fulwell Mill Ltd, Traidcraft and Shared Interest, as well as having support from other businesses and groups.
Fair Trade Beyond 2015 is a global campaign calling on the United Nations to incorporate trade, and the interests of small businesses and producers.
The Mayor of Sunderland, Coun Iain Kay, cut the cake to mark the day of international celebrations at Esquires Coffee House, The Bridges.
He said: “The cause has been on the city’s agenda for years and that is due to the support of schools, faith groups, and businesses who continue to champion the principles.
“It seeks greater equity in international trade and the community of Sunderland are helping to make a real difference to this effort.”
Sunderland University chaplain and Minster priest Chris Howson said: “Fair Trade is the way to ensure that all the producers of food and clothing have enough money to provide for their families and communities.”