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Scotland becomes a Fair Trade Nation

The Sustainable Scotland Network reports on Scotland achieving Fair Trade Nation status.

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Scotland has achieved Fair Trade Nation status, becoming just the second country in the world to do so, after Wales.

In becoming a Fair Trade Nation, Scotland had to meet a range of criteria to demonstrate that it is delivering a real and lasting impact that will reduce poverty, improve the lives of people around the world, and help them to access their rights. These included: increasing awareness of fair trade and surrounding issues;increasing the sale of Fair Trade products; contributing to greater trade justice; and engendering a meaningful commitment to Fair Trade from Parliament and executive bodies.

To qualify for Fair Trade Nation status, the Scottish Fair Trade Forum (SFTF) was required to demonstrate how Scotland had met a series of stringent criteria, including:

  • All seven Scottish cities and at least 55 per cent of local authority areas to have Fair Trade status
  • All 32 local authorities areas and at least 55 per cent of towns with a population of 5,000 or more to have active Fair Trade groups working towards Fair Trade status
  • At least 60 per cent of higher education institutions to have active Fair Trade groups working towards Fair Trade status
  • Scottish Parliament and Scottish Government to use, promote and make available Fair Trade products internally, and to actively promote Fair Trade Fortnight each year
  • Fair Trade to be promoted in schools through the curriculum, procurement and other possible means
  • Schools, further education Institutions, faith groups, trade unions, business networks, voluntary and youth organisations to pledge to use and promote Fair Trade
  • 75 per cent of people to buy a Fair Trade product every year
  • 40 per cent of people to regularly buy Fair Trade products

This achievement would not have been possible without the dedication and commitment of people throughout Scotland of all ages and backgrounds. The Scottish Fair Trade Forum (SFTF) with support from the Scottish Government, has been instrumental in driving forward Scotland’s Fair Trade Nation work since its formation in 2007, establishing links with key stakeholders including schools, NGOs, local authorities, colleges and universities. The SFTF was awarded funding by the Scottish Government to coordinate the campaign for Scotland to meet the criteria necessary to become a Fair Trade Nation. It has been funded by Scottish Government since 2007. To date it has been awarded £847,254.

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