Scottish Fair Trade Forum
October 2012

Dear Fair Trade supporter,

The Scottish Fair Trade Forum was set up to help make Scotland a Fair Trade Nation. A material way of doing that will soon be presented to Parliament in the shape of the Procurement Reform Bill.

As the Government acknowledges, ' the public sector can through its procurement policy exert a significant influence on economic development.'  Why not extend this principle beyond Scotland and, where appropriate, encourage support, through public procurement, for Fair Trade? If you believe that Fair Trade should be written into the way Scotland does procurement, you have the opportunity to say so through a public consultation exercise. You'll find information about how to do this below.
As well as the consultation, a priority for us in the Scottish Fair Trade Forum this month is finalising our submission for Fair Trade Nation status, which we plan to have with the Scottish Government on 2 November. The submission will be reviewed by an independent assessment panel, based on the criteria drawn up in 2007. The panel will then make a recommendation to the Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop MSP.

I think we shall be making a strong case and I am hopeful that the Government will respond positively, but until we do hear, I shall be as anxious as anybody. This really is a case of stay tuned, keep your fingers crossed and your eye on your inbox.
Martin Rhodes
Director, Scottish Fair Trade Forum

Fair Trade: Scotland

Scottish Parliament - main chamber
Credit: John Connell


The public consultation about the Procurement Reform Bill started in August and runs through to 2 November. The bill aims to establish a national legislative framework for sustainable public procurement in Scotland. With the public procurement budget running in excess of £9 billion a year and the Government committed to procurement processes that are 'transparent, streamlined, standardised, proportionate, fair and business-friendly' , there is a great opportunity to embed support for Fair Trade in any future public procurement framework. 
We are therefore calling on you to send the following message to and to encourage others to do the same:
'Scotland can be a global leader for change through public procurement. Scotland aims to be a Fair Trade Nation. The Procurement Reform Bill provides the opportunity to set out Scotland's role as a responsible nation. Please embed this commitment in the Bill to promote Fair Trade in public procurement.'
If you'd like to say more than that, please do so. You can also feed in your views by letter to
Procurement Reform Bill Team,
Area 3D North,
Victoria Quay,
Edinburgh EH6 6QQ
The Government will publish a report on the consultation on its website and we shall tell you what progress we have made in a future newsletter. For now, if you want to know more, there is an informative document (PDF, 543 KB) about the consultation on the Scottish Government website. 

Cotton fieldCotton is vital to the social and economic development of many countries, with 100 million rural households estimated to be involved in its production in 70 countries, most of them in the developing world.

Next month we are holding training sessions for volunteers who want to get involved with Fairtrade cotton. The training is free and will cover problems in the production of cotton, Fairtrade cotton, helping schools and organisations switch to Fairtrade cotton uniforms, and encouraging shops and suppliers to stock Fairtrade cotton.
If you wish to come along, please e-mail and indicate which session(s) you can attend:

November 6th – Dumfries at DG One Leisure Complex, 2.00 – 4.00 pm 
November 8th – Inverness at Signpost, Highland Rail House, Station Square, 2.00 – 4.00 pm 
November 13th – Perth at the SUBUD Centre, 2.00 – 4.00 pm 
November 15th – Aberdeen at the Marywell Training and Conference Centre, 2.00 – 4.00 pm


Fairtrade Zone logoHighland - Scotland's and the UK's biggest local authority area - has been awarded Fairtrade Zone status. The campaign made clever use of tele- and video-conferencing to link communities and build support for Fairtrade from the ground up. 

Read all about it

SFTF Annual Review 2012
Catch up on an eventful twelve months in Fair Trade: you can download a PDF copy (7.6 MB) of our Annual Review 2012 from our website. 

Get the Guide

Scotland Fair Trade Guide 2012

There's so much going on for Fair Trade in Scotland and for the first time the Guide brings it all together. You can download a PDF version of the Guide (3.6 MB) from our site or order a copy from the publisher, Hand Up Media.

Pledge your Support
Scotland's Going Fair Trade. Are You?
If you'd like to encourage family, friends or contacts to pledge their support for Fair Trade, why not ask them to sign and return a Scotland's Going Fair Trade. Are You? postcard. We're especially interested in hearing from people who want to set up a Fair Trade steering group in their locality or help others who have already set up a group.

You can get postcards by e-mailing

Become a Member

SFTF members at the AGM
As a Scottish Fair Trade Forum member you are helping to make Scotland a Fair Trade Nation. Your membership fee helps fund our volunteer programme as well as outreach work to communities throughout Scotland.  Individual and organisational memberships are offered.

Visit Membership on the Scottish Fair Trade Forum website to find out more.

Make a Date

If you live in, or are planning to visit, East Kilbride on 14 November, look out for the East Kilbride Fairtrade Festival - 7.30 to 9.30 PM in the Arts Centre, Old Coach Road, tel. 01355 261 000. The Festival marks the renewal of East Kilbride's status as a Fairtrade Town.

Don't forget too: if you send us a postcard from your town for the VI International Fairtrade Town Conference in Poznan, Poland, by 1 November, we'll make sure that it gets to the organisers for display. 

Last month's Newsletter and the conference website tell you more.

Share your News

We would love to hear about what you have been doing to promote Fair Trade. As well as this newsletter, we publish news on our website and on Facebook. So please e-mail the editor with your stories and pictures.


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