Spring 2015 Newsletter - Bumper Edition! Fair Trade Nation Lecture, One World Shop Appeal, Competitions, and more!
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2015 Fair Trade Nation Lecture 
The Scottish Fair Trade Forum is proud to welcome Dr Matthew Anderson to speak at our Fair Trade Nation event this year.
Dr Anderson is a senior lecturer in Business Ethics at the University of Portsmouth. He has a keen interest in Fair Trade and has been involved in numerous Fair Trade Projects and completed his PhD on the subject of Fair Trade. A member of the WFTO delegation at the World Social Forum in Brazil in 2005, a volunteer Co-ordinator for the London Fairtrade Corporation in 2008 and a Social Audit Panel member for Shared Interest's Social Account in 2012-2013, Dr Anderson is dedicated to being involved with the Fair Trade movement. His PhD provided a detailed investigation into the development and growth of the Fair Trade movement in modern Britain, and his most recent piece of work on Fair Trade and Britain is to be published later this year. You can find out more about Dr Anderson here.

This year's Lecture will be  taking place on Wednesday 20th May at 7pm in the Scottish Parliament on the theme of consumer politics and the historic development of the Fair Trade movement. If you are interested in attending this amazing event please click here to register for your ticket.
Fairtrade in Islam & #BuyPalestinian Workshops
School Hoodies Competition
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We were delighted to be able to bring Syed and Kieran from MADE In Europe up to Scotland to deliver their workshops about Islam in Fair Trade and the #BuyPalestinian campaign in Edinburgh and Glasgow.

The first workshop centred around the history of Fair Trade principles within Islam and some of the relevant teachings in the Qur'an and Hadith which was very interesting and informative. The second workshop was about the #BuyPalestinian campaign launched by MADE in Europe in March to raise awareness of how we can help Palestinian producers sustainably through Fair Trade. We were really lucky to have Hadeel Palcrafts at the workshops to tell the incredibly moving stories behind the goods they sell.

You can read more about the workshops in our news article here
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We are pleased to announce the our School Hoodie Design Competition is finally here!

Students have the chance to design their very own hoodie with winning designs being printed and manufactured by Koolskools and Craft Aid (Mauritius). Designs are to be based around the theme of Fairtrade cotton. There will be a total of 6 winners;  3 Primary School and 3 Secondary School. 

Designs are to be submitted by the 31st August. Winners will be selected by representatives of the Forum, Koolskools and Craft Aid (Mauritius) then notified in January and presented with their Hoodie's during Fairtrade Fortnight 2016.

Entry packs for the competition can be found on our websiteGood luck!
One World Shop Appeal
RST T-Shirt Design Competition
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The One World Shop needs your help to find temporary new premises due to re-development of their current location. OWS has been at St John's Church, Edinburgh for 32 years and has done truly amazing work to promote and support the Fair Trade cause during that time. 

After supporting Fair Trade producers and promoting Fair Trade in the community for over 30 years the One World Shop is now asking for your support in order to continue the great work they are known for. They need to find new premises by July 2015 and raise at least £20,000 to cover all the costs involved in moving, refurbishing and renting new premises. 

There are a wide variety of ways you can help the One World Shop: buying tickets for their Spring Raffle, making a donation, organising a fundraising event and more - you can find out more about their appeal and how to help 
here.

Please help to spread the word and support this amazing shop.
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The Refugee Survival Trust (RST) are holding a competition to find a new tshirt design for volunteers and staff to wear at events! RST have been supported by the Scottish Fair Trade Forum to offer Fair Trade prizes and make sure that the winning design is on Fairtrade tshirts! The competition launched on the 15th March 2015 and you have until the 15th June to get your entries in! The winner will be decided by a panel of judges including Scottish Fair Trade Forum Chair, Graeme Clark.

The RST is a charity that aids refugees and asylum claimants with the many problems they face. They provide small grants upon referral to help alleviate immediate poverty and also offer support for accessing education, legal help and employment opportunities.

This competition is a great way to show your support for refugees in Scotland and maybe win an amazing Fair Trade prize!

 
If you are interested in taking part find out more about how to enter here.
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Finance for the Future Awards 2015
Round-Up of Community Events
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The Finance for the Future Awards recognise organisations that are embedding sustainability with support from their finance teams. 

It is a great opportunity to be acknowledged for all the hard work that is done in organisations.

There are six different categories available for applicants, so whether you are a part of a large business or just an individual there are several options for people to apply.
 
Please visit their website for more information.
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During Fairtrade Fortnight 2015 lots community groups got involved to help celebrate Fairtrade in Scotland. 
 
There were bake-offs,  football tournaments, exhibitions and much more. All of these events were a great success with everyone having a fun and exciting time and we'd like to thank you all for contributing to a very successful Scottish Fairtrade Fortnight!

To read more about some of the amazing community events that were organised click here.
Cosmopolita Scotland
'Fairtrade Brasil' Launch
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Scottish Fair Trade Forum volunteer Jordi Albacete has recently launched Cosmopolita Scotland, a dual language newspaper in English and Spanish. 

He interviewed Basilio in Spanish about his visit to Scotland during Fairtrade Fortnight and the work of his cooperative CONACADO in the Dominican Republic. 

You can find out more and watch the video here .(yellow section halfway down the page). 
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'Fairtrade Brasil' launched at the end of last month. It is the newest Fairtrade organisation, and aims to help develop a local market for Brazilian Fairtrade producers and consumers.
 
Read more about the story here.
Labels of Truth
The Canadian Fair Trade Network and Rethink Canada teamed up this year to launch a new powerful campaign. 
The idea behind the campaign is to provide information to the consumer about the terrible conditions that some producers have to endure, printed onto the clothing label.
The campaign hasn't reached the UK yet but you can read about some of the stories on the labels.

 
It might also be worthwhile having a look at some articles about Fashion Revolution Day which was on the 24th April 2015 - the 2 year anniversary of the Rana Plaza disaster. The global event takes place  to help raise awareness about the true cost of fashion and show that is possible to create a more sustainable future and there are lot of great ideas - such as blue plaques on clothing stores, and mini protest banners by the Craftivist Collective. Fashion Revolution Day is going to be an annual event so there's lots of time to plan for next year!
    SFTF Member Profile: Shared Interest     
Shared Interest is an ethical investment organisation that uses money from people living in the UK to lend to Fair Trade businesses across the globe and are members of the Scottish Fair Trade Forum. 

Word of mouth continues to be one of the most powerful forms of promoting the organisation, and our ambassadors do a fantastic job of telling people in their community how we provide finance to farmers and handicraft makers in the developing world. Our ambassadors are always seeking new opportunities to speak to groups, run stalls at elated events and make connections with local contacts.

If you would like to invite a Shared Interest ambassador to your event or make contact with them, please get in touch with our Engagement Manager, Sally Reith on 07912 941806 or at sally.reith@shared-interest.com.

 
To read more about Shared Interest click here.
One World Peace Ceilidh
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The One World Shop and the Peace & Justice Centre are pleased to announce their second annual fundraising One World Peace Ceilidh on Friday 29th May!
 
Click here to find out more!
JTS Education and Sales Officer Vacancy
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This full-time role would involve working within the Sales and Marketing team tasked with substantially increasing sales of fairly traded rice through engagement with schools and other civil society organisations.
Click here to find out more!
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