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August 2013 Newsletter 

Dear Fair Trade supporters,

There is still much to look forward to this summer, even if the clouds have suddenly reappeared after a spell of good weather.

There’s a buzz in the office about many of the events that have been confirmed for the Fair Trade Festival in Perth on Saturday 7 September.  We are pleased to announce that the Deputy Provost of Perth and Kinross, Bob Band, and the Chair of the Scottish Fair Trade Forum, Martin Meteyard, will open the festival, which will include the following activities and many more: 

  • Children can get their faces painted and take part in a ‘Beat the Goalie’ challenge using Fairtrade footballs, a treasure hunt with Fair Trade clues and have a go on a bouncy castle.
  • For the foodie in you, the event will host a stalls market where you can sample delicious Fair Trade foods.  The Co-op will also be hosting a wine tasting of some of their popular wines. 
  • A Baking Competition will also take place and anyone can enter a savoury or sweet baked treat, as long as they’re made using at least two Fair Trade ingredients. The competition will be judged and the winner announced on the day.
  • Browse many unique, handmade Fair Trade crafts and jewellery, which will be available to buy on the day from over 30 stalls.  It’s never too early to start your Christmas shopping!
  • Traidcraft will also be exhibiting their range of products for the coming year at the same venue.
  • Workshops and guest speakers will include Humza Yousaf MSP, Minister for External Affairs and International Development, Betsy Reed, former Scottish Fair Trade Forum Director, Jayde Bradley – Traidcraft, BAFTS, the Fairtrade Foundation, and two Fair Trade producers from Indonesia. 
  • Broadcaster Tom Morton will be offering lively music and conversation with his ‘Fairly Good Show’, reflecting on his Fairly Long Cycle Ride last year. Local schools will also be putting on live music performances.
  • A short film produced by Forth Valley College will be premiered celebrating the work that is being carried out across the country to raise awareness of Fair Trade.
  • Fair Trade Awards: We’ve recently sent out a call for nominating special Fair Trade campaigners for the first ever Scottish Fair Trade Awards.  Please keep those nominations coming!
  • Fair Trade Wales: Scotland is the second ever Fair Trade Nation, but it was Wales who beat us to it! We will also show a video message specially recorded for us by the Welsh First Minister.

The team here is looking forward to welcoming you next month in Perth! We are constantly updating the programme, so in the meantime, we hope you enjoy the rest of the summer. 

Kind regards,
Martin Rhodes

Football project

The Scottish Fair Trade Forum is currently supporting work looking at developing a Scottish-based social enterprise to promote Fairtrade footballs throughout the UK based on research indicating a strong interest in Fairtrade footballs.

Our football project was formally launched at Helenslea Hall in Glasgow on 25 February, as part of Fairtrade Fortnight 2013. 

Fairpley Ltd, on behalf of the Forum, carried out primary research and online surveys with support from the BIG Lottery Fund through its Investing in Ideas programme. A report was later produced on the potential for a social enterprise.

The project aims to raise awareness of and improve the unfair working conditions that exist in areas such as Sialkot, Pakistan where up to 70 per cent of the world’s footballs are made. Footballs there are often hand stitched mostly by women and child workers, who are paid as little as 34 pence per hour. There are now eight small producers in Sialkot who manufacture Fairtrade certified footballs.

As well as developing a social enterprise, the Forum aims to encourage sports shops to stock Fairtrade footballs and urges amateur clubs and football fans to choose them over other brands. Call-to-action flyers will soon be available for supporters to pass on to their local shops to raise awareness of the poor working conditions that exist in football manufacturing and how choosing Fairtrade footballs can help these workers.


Fair Trade Beyond 15

The ‘Fair Trade Beyond 15’ declaration was recently signed by the East Dunbartonshire Council Leader.  Rhondda Geekie joined 214 mayors and town leaders from around the world in declaring continued support for the Fair Trade movement beyond 2015.

The ‘Fair Trade Beyond 15’ campaign will seek to continue the work done to achieve the United Nations Millennium Development Goals, which were drafted by 189 nations in 2000 with the aim of ending poverty by 2015.

The new declaration calls for world leaders to put in place a new global development framework which further promotes Fair Trade, protects human rights and other goals with the final aim to end poverty.
The campaign declaration along with a list of signatures will be presented to world leaders participating at a United Nations High Level Meeting of the General Assembly in New York this September.

Council Leader Rhondda Geekie signed the declaration in June and was joined by Martin Rhodes, Director, Scottish Fair Trade Forum, as well as visiting rice producers from Malawi Howard Msukwa and Susen Ntende.  They were surrounded by joyfully boisterous children from the East Dunbartonshire Fair Trade nursery scheme.


Upcoming events: 

  • 21 to 28 September: The first ever BAFTS' week. Please check BAFTS website for details.

Volunteers needed for Cotton school wear audit

For a few years we’ve been asking our volunteers in the office to go into major retailers in Glasgow and Edinburgh to do an annual school wear audit to find out who stocks Fairtrade cotton school wear.

This year, we’d like to cover as much of Scotland as we can with the audit.  So we need the help of Fair Trade campaigners in towns across Scotland to check with their local school wear suppliers, including major supermarket chains, whether they have Fairtrade cotton garments in stock.

We have provided a questionnaire for your convenience but using it is entirely up to you.  All we’re looking for is simple information on which shops are selling Fairtrade cotton school wear.  Any information you’re able to provide is useful, no matter how small.

If you’re able to take part, please send in your audit results by 19 August 2013 to  or by post to:  Scottish Fair Trade Forum, Thistle Court, 1-2 Thistle Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1DD.  Your help is much appreciated.

For more information on Fairtrade cotton from the Fairtrade Foundation see here and from the Forum's Schoolwear Campaign see here.

Member organisation news:

Just Trading Scotland new products range

Two new product ranges will be available from Just Trading Scotland this month!  A range of grinders and sauces from Ukuva iAfrica and mustards from Turqle’s Cape Treasures will be available from the first week of August from outlets including Rainbow Turtle, the Coach House, the One World Shop, and several church stalls.

The products come from South Africa under the Turqle Trading brand, whose main aim is to create sustainable jobs in South Africa through the trading of fair and ethical food.  The products have an interesting story, Ukuva iAfrica originates from the tale of a traveller who gathered recipes and flavours on his journey to Cape Town. Cape Treasures is a range of ethically traded foods made by people in Cape Town.

If you happen to be in Edinburgh from 14 to 18 August, the products will be showcased at ‘Fair Trade on the Fringe’ where you will have the chance to sample them.

Raising awareness through trade

Since 1998, the British Association for Fair Trade Shops and Suppliers (BAFTS) has been promoting not only independent shops but also working for justice in the developing world through Fair Trade retailing and campaigning.

Fair Trade shops and suppliers that are members of BAFTS promote social justice for the producers of the goods they sell. They work together to create an alternative model to conventional international trade, with human rights at the top of the agenda.  

BAFTS have several upcoming events, such as the first ever BAFTS week in late September.  It has also announced its AGM for May next year.  To find out more see here.
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