|October 2013 Newsletter
Scotland’s Fair Trade Festival took place last month in Perth bringing together a mix of people from across Scotland to celebrate the Fair Trade Nation achievement. It was a day for campaigners to come together to celebrate Fair Trade.
The Deputy Provost of Perth and Kinross opened the day by welcoming all to the event, held at the Station Hotel in Perth. The event was hosted by Lady Miss Emma from Heartland FM, who kept the audiences informed of events throughout the day. A range of speakers were scheduled throughout the day talking about a range of Fair Trade issues. Audiences heard from Humza Yousaf MSP, Minister for External Affairs and International Development (pictured above), Elen Jones (Fair Trade Wales), Barbara Crowther (Fairtrade Foundation), Jayde Bradley (Traidcraft), Kathryn Sygrove (BAFTS), and Betsy Reed, the Forum’s first Director.
The key presentation of the day was made by Yunita Anggraini and Ukrumah Suda (above) from Pekerti Nusantara, an Indonesian company founded in 1979 to provide employment opportunities for rural and marginalised workers. The Fair Trade handicrafts they produce have been sold on four different continents and have greatly helped in keeping the community together.
Pupils at heart of event
School campaigners were prominent telling audiences about their activities in promoting Fair Trade throughout their schools. Carlogie Primary (above) and Stonelaw High School were among the pupils that gave performances. Pupils from St. Elizabeth Primary School, Hamilton, delighted audiences with their very own rap song about Fair Trade. This primary school later won the Community Award in our first ever Fair Trade Awards.
Music was a popular theme throughout the day with BBC Scotland broadcaster, Tom Morton entertaining audiences with his “Fairly Good Show” that was inspired by his Fairly Long Ride, undertaken last year in support of the Fair Trade Nation campaign. Songs, especially written to engage children of nursery age attracted families on the day (above).
The stalls started setting up bright and early filling the market place with a treat for the senses. Freshly brewed Oromo Coffee scented the air, as did the cooking demonstrations by Savour the Flavour. The Garden Bar was the ideal venue for the Co-operative wine tasting and gave visitors and some stalls holders, who managed to escape for a few minutes, a taste of some of the best Fairtrade wines they carry.
The crafts on display were an explosion of colours and textures. Beads, paper, cushion covers, embroidery and more offered visitors an abundance of gift ideas for visitors. A Fair Trade beauty products range was also on sale and proved popular with some of our volunteers. Traidcraft had a display of their new products in a separate room, allowing some stall-holders the opportunity to browse and order for their shops.
Information stalls from Oxfam, SCIAF, Shared Interest and others engaged visitors with some of their current campaigns and their work in general and how people might want to get involved.
In a corner of the market place, the photographer was busy taking pictures of people who agreed to take part in the Linking Hands photo project (more information about the project will be available soon). An inflatable Fair Trade sculpture occupied the opposite corner with many people taking interest. Children and adults alike were drawn to the face painter, whose designs were worn proudly all day.
Fair Trade Bake-off and Scottish Fair Trade Awards
One of the highlights was the judging of a bake-off competition, which was won by Craig Sullivan of Dumbarton for his truly delicious truffles. Thanks to all those who contributed baked goodies as they were very popular in the hall after the judging.
The day ended on a high note with the first Scottish Fair Trade Awards being presented to campaigners. The Volunteer of the Year was, thirteen-year-old tech wizard, Juliek Manowski for helping the Castle Douglas Fairtrade Group. The Community Award was presented to St. Elizabeth Primary School, Hamilton, and Community, who have gone over and beyond the usual Fair Trade activities for well over ten years. Tracy Mitchell was recognised as Volunteer of the Year for for being the driving force behind a recently completed Fair Trade Nurseries pilot project in East Dunbartonshire, co-ordinating Lenzie’s successful Fair Trade Town campaign, running Fair Trade stalls and events through her church, and being a Shared Interest Ambassador.
The Innovation Award went to Edinburgh-based Equal Exchange for their 'Coffee Grown by Women' range. A special recognition in the Innovation Award category was also given to Cally Phillips for her work promoting Fair Trade through drama, writing and publishing.
John Riches was recognised in the Outstanding Achievement Award for his 33-year dedication to Fair Trade.
The crowds dispersed with goodies they bought and perhaps some new information about how to get involved in Fair Trade. Perth’s hospitality was much appreciated, as it was the city where the Scottish Fair Trade Forum was launched, making it a fitting location for the festival.
Paisley's 10th anniversary celebrations
And much more!
New on the website!
Cotton Unfolded online exhibition
The Cotton Unfolded exhibition draws on the history of cotton manufacturing in Scotland and gives examples of how successful campaigners and reformers succeeded in outlawing unjust practices. It suggests that conditions now considered unacceptable for workers in the UK have simply moved elsewhere. It explains how Fairtrade cotton offers a fair future for cotton production.
A series of cartoons, engravings, photographs and a modern day illustration tell the story. The accompanying interpretations are packed with information and a list of links to relevant websites allows further research into this subject. For young learners and students there is a useful list of further educational resources.
Fair Trade at the Commonwealth Games 2014
A motion has been lodged at the Scottish Parliament to call for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014 to go further in their Fair Trade procurement than the 2012 London Olympics.
The Glasgow 2014 Food and Drink Charter for the Commonwealth Games will be published shortly. The 2014 team has already made a commitment to Fair Trade in its sustainability policy.
George Adam MSP, Co-convenor of the Cross Party Group on Fair Trade, who submitted the motion, argues that is it fitting that Fair Trade commitments exceed those during the London Olympics, as not only is Glasgow a Fair Trade city, but also Scotland has now become a Fair Trade Nation and that this would reflect well on Scotland’s reputation as an outward looking nation that also has a role to play in international development.
For more information see: Motion S4M-07823: George Adam, Paisley, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 25/09/2013.
Fair Trade Speakers' Programme
Would you be interested in delivering talks about Fair Trade to local community groups? We'll shortly be starting up a volunteer speakers' programme and will be delivering training sessions over the next few months. You'll be trained to deliver a set talk and will be given a Powerpoint presentation and relevant materials. We know that many of you already deliver talks in your local communities - you are also very welcome to attend this training. Please email email@example.com to register your interest in becoming a Fair Trade speaker.
Procurement Reform Bill
The Forum has joined Enough Food for Everyone IF, the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations, Scottish Trade Unions Congress and Stop Climate Chaos Scotland to set out the civil society priorities for the Procurement Reform Bill introduced in Parliament on 3 October 2013.
The call from all five organisations details a list of top ten priorities for a Scotland committed to sustainability and ethical procurement. It also is apt that as a recently declared Fair Trade Nation, Scotland is able to ensure ethical and fair trade is embedded into the Procurement Reform Bill.
Watch out for further information from us on what you can do to support our campaign.
Dutch entrepreneurs have embarked on a social enterprise to bring the world the first ever Fairphone.
The materials to be used in the phone are responsibly sourced and the company ensure good working conditions for those making the devices. They are also investing in e-waste management and other design and operating systems to ensure the product's viability in the long-term.
For more information see here.
In the next issue:
Profile on Trade Right International and their 'carishea' product range.