Trading standards departments contain several policies and campaigns to help further their overall goal of creating a fair and thriving economy in the UK. They are also very enthusiastic about making businesses in the UK more sustainable and pleasing to the environment. Various policies for many trade standard departments include:
- Promoting recycling by businesses and preventing the use of dangerous materials that are harmful to the environment
- Offering advice to new businesses in the community and warning them of rogue traders that may occur in a seemingly honest business
- Protecting consumers as they are usually the weaker and less-informed party than the seller
- Improving health and safety in workplace and informing businesses of the laws on health and safety
Trading standards departments sometimes also offer training courses for businesses that are striving to make an impact in the community. They give advice on issues such as successful portfolios, contract law and the benefits of fair-trade.