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January 2010

The Final Push needs YOU!
As many of you will know, we launched the 'Final Push' to make Scotland a Fair Trade Nation at our Annual Campaign Day in November. 2009. 2010 is is the year for action to and we are tantalisingly close. Fair Trade Nation status is within reach - have a look at the statistics below.
To achieve Fair Trade Nation status we need the following:
* Scotland currently has eight Fairtrade Universities and we know two others who will be applying soon. We need 13 to achieve our Fair Trade Nation criteria. If you are a student or know someone who is studying at a Scottish university who could help ensure a growing number are genuinely committed to Fair Trade purchasing and promotion, please let us know!
* Thirty-one towns with a population of over 5000 have already achieved Fairtrade Town, Village or Island status. We need to have achieved this or be working towards it. This is our main target for 2010, announced through a New Year's Fair Trade resolution press release covered in the Herald and regional papers (click
here to see the announcement).
* All six cities in Scotland have already achieved Fairtrade status, so our Cities target is already achieved!
* Currently, 71% of the Scottish population recognize the Fairtrade Mark. We aim to raise this to 75% by raising public awareness of Fair Trade through local and national events, media coverage, local networks and partnerships. We need your local expertise, knowledge, energy and continuing commitment to make this possible and to let people know Scotland is working to become a Fair Trade Nation.
* Scottish Parliament and the Scottish Government need to make ongoing, formal commitments to use and promote Fair Trade. The Scottish Parliament has passed a resolution to support Fair Trade and we are working with them to convene a Cross Party Group on Fair Trade to look at how they can use more Fair Trade products and implement more Fair Trade principles in policy and practice.
The Scottish Government is currently the SFTF's main funder, and Fair Trade is a main strand in their International Development Policy. They use Fairtrade products on-site and at all official events and we will be working together in future to embed Fair Trade across a range of policy areas.  We look forward to seeing an increasing commitment from the Scottish Government, from their Communication Strategy to funding for Fair Trade work and an increase in the level of Fair Trade goods they purchase.
 
Join the Final Push in 2010.
We can't do it without you!
Membership Drive 2010
At the Scottish Fair Trade Forum Annual Campaign Day in 2009, campaigners from around Scotland gathered to vote on proposed changes to the SFTF's membership, which link Organisational Membership categories to annual turnover, rather than staff numbers. With this done, we are launching our membership drive this month.
 
If you filled out a form with your information at our Campaign Day, expect to receive information and a form in the post soon. If you would like to receive information and are not already on our mailing list, contact us at admin@sftf.org.uk with the subject line 'Membership 2010.'

Announcement and Upcoming Events
Keep an eye on our website and Twitter feed for the countdown to Fairtrade Fortnight, details on the tour and events around Scotland.

If you have a Fairtrade Fortnight event to post on our website (www.sftf.org.uk/events), please send information including the time, date, location and 2-3 sentences about it to our Fairtrade Fortnight Coordinator at Alex.Duran@sftf.org.uk.
  • Fair Trade Fortnight events, tour dates
  • World Fair Trade Day May 2010
  • Local Authorities Conference June 2010
  • A debate with Professor Tim Jackson: 'Sustainable Economic Growth vs Prosperity Without Growth.' This free event will be held at Edinburgh Napier University Business School on 25th Jan 2010, 17.30 to 20.30. Spaces are limited so please contact Kelly on 0131 451 1122 to book a space or email events@sbcscot.com
Good practice from our European neighbours
(from European Fair Trade Association's Fair Procura project)
Spain
: Fair Trade products made available in the central procurement Catalogue of the City of Madrid
The various Public Authority centres of the City of Madrid are now able to purchase Fair Trade sugar, cocoa, chocolate, coffee and tea, thanks to its first Framework Agreement to include social consideration in the procurement.
 
Belgium: National and Regional governments commit to sustainable procurement
The regional Flemish Government has approved an aim for public purchasing to be 100% sustainable by 2020, in the Flemish Action Plan for sustainable public procurement. A ‘sustainable development helpdesk’ will assist public officers with purchasing. The Belgian government has followed the Flemish example, by aiming to ensure 50% of its procurement is sustainable by 2011. The Belgian Government has provided website resources including technical index cards for different product groups, examples of good tendering and procurement guidelines. See http://www.gidsvoorduurzameaankopen.be/?q=en/node/47&cid=166&pid=1235
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