Scottish Fair Trade Forum
April 2013 Newsletter

Filming your World Fair Trade Day celebrations

World Fair Trade Day (WFTD) 2013 will be celebrated on Saturday, 11 May.  WFTD is a day to celebrate why Fair Trade exists and the real impact it has made in challenging global poverty and recognising the effects of climate change and the economic crisis on producer partners. 

Fair Trade is more important than ever.  It reminds us that trade should be beneficial first and foremost to the producers whose products we consume.  This means producers should be able to have a sustainable standard of living and that they truly feel the support of the Fair Trade movement. 

The day will be marked with celebrations across the world.  WFTD will be celebrated in Bolivia, Kenya and South Africa with Fair Trade artisans and farmers at the heart of the events being held.  Friends to the north in Norway will be attempting to set a new Guinness world record by fitting as many people as possible in one giant pair of Fair Trade underwear.  Read more about it here.

Do you have any plans to celebrate World Fair Trade Day?  If so, would you be willing to participate in a film project? 

The Scottish Fair Trade Forum have commissioned Forth Valley College to produce a short film addressing the question: What does a Fair Trade Nation mean to you?, and; What’s next for Fair Trade in Scotland?

The film will be premièred at Fair Trade Nation Celebration in Perth on 7 September 2013. The film will be a celebration and acknowledgement of all the hard work that Fair Trade campaigners like you have done over the years towards raising the profile of Fair Trade in your communities.  It will celebrate achieving Fair Trade Nation status and address where Scotland wants to go from here.

This is your project and we want as many Fair Trade groups around Scotland to have a voice in it.  If you’re not able to participate in the filming, you can also send in a photo.  In either case, please get in touch with Stuart Hall at Forth Valley College, who will be able to give you specific information about some of the running themes of the film and how to go about filming them. 

His details are as follows:

Tel: 01324 403125

We hope you all join us to celebrate what was a momentous year for Scotland’s Fair Trade movement through this film.  We look forward to your contributions. 

Kind regards,

Martin Rhodes

Producer visit in September

The Forum is inviting a Fair Trade producer to Scotland in early September to speak at our national celebration event, and then to participate in other events around Scotland the following week (approx. 8-13 Sept) to mark the achievement of Fair Trade Nation status.  Would you be interested in hosting a producer for an event in September?  If so, please email with the following information:

  • The town/city/village where you would like to hold the event
  • The nature of the event and target audience
  • Your preferred dates and time of day
  • How your event would help to raise awareness of Fair Trade Nation status

Please be aware that demand for producer visits usually exceeds the availability that we have.  We will do our best to meet as many requests as we can but priority will be given to groups that haven't recently hosted a producer, or events that would help to increase public awareness of Scotland's status as a Fair Trade Nation.

Fair Trade Workshops

During May and June, we're holding a series of regional workshops around Scotland for Fair Trade supporters and campaigners.  This will be a chance to hear about and discuss current issues and developments in the world of Fair Trade, as well as a chance to meet campaigners from other Fair Trade groups.

We'll be covering three topics at the workshop:

  1. Mainstreaming of Fair Trade - discussion about the pros and cons
  2. Fair Trade and the environment
  3. New campaigning ideas

Due to the complex and challenging nature of some of these debates, the workshops are designed for existing Fair Trade campaigners and/or local group members.  If you'd like to attend one of the Saturday workshops, please register using the links below.

4 May - Dumfries -

11 May - Dundee - 

25 May - Inverness -

1 June - Glasgow -

8 June - Bridge of Allan -

15 June - Edinburgh -

29 June - Aberdeen -


Check your cotton stocks

The main buying time for schoolwear is from April to August.  So now is the time to check that your local supplier is stocking Fairtrade cotton schoolwear.  This includes small suppliers and the big supermarket chains.  The Scottish Fair Trade Forum has Stock-it Cards which can be passed to suppliers to encourage them to stock more Fairtrade cotton schoolwear and increase the opportunities for parents and pupils to buy ethically and sustainably produced garments.

To get your stock-it cards contact

Enough Food for Everyone – IF Campaign update – IF on Tour

March's budget was a crucial date in the calendar for the IF Campaign, with calls to the UK Government to keep to their promise on maintaining that 0.7% of the UK budget to international aid.  Many of you lobbied your MPs calling on the Chancellor George Osbourne to keep to that promise and we are pleased to say that thanks to your efforts, the UK budget will honour it. 

Campaigners are planning events to publicise several IF Campaign issues at the upcoming G8 summit in June. 

In the build-up to the G8 summit, IF Campaign is Scotland will be offering workshops about the IF campaign and key upcoming moments in the Journey to the G8.  The IF on Tour will be stopping in several towns.  So if you want to join to find out what action you can take, how to get others involved and how we make sure the G8 listens to the campaign message, please click here.

Carlogie Primary wins accolades

The Scottish Fair Trade Forum is pleased to join in with congratulations to the pupils at the Carlogie Primary School in Carnoustie, whose Fairtrade café has won the Schools Enterprise Challenge (SEC).

The pupils drew up a business plan for the café that opens its doors to the community once a month. It offers Fairtrade produce, including crafts and food, for the local community to purchase.  They students also promote the benefits of buying Fairtrade products. 

As a result of their success, the Schools Enterprise Challenge, which is a Europe-wide competition, was awarded to the students along with a £1,000 cash prize for their school.  The students were also recognised by the Co-operative Education Trust Scotland (CETS) for their work in the café as well as a savings bank that they run.

Fair Trade Nation Celebration 2013

The official Fair Trade Nation celebration will take place on 7 September in Perth, the city where the Scottish Fair Trade Forum was formed back in 2007.

The day will be an exciting and action packed interactive ‘drop-in’ event as opposed to a one-day conference (like the Campaign Days of previous years).  The event will have performances, Fair Trade stalls and guest speakers.  Traidcraft will also be a main exhibitor.  The film made by our campaigners and produced by the Forth Valley College will be shown at this event. 

We will share more details as they become available in the coming months but keep the date in your diary -- it's going to be Scotland's biggest ever Fair Trade event!


National Campaigner Committee Report April 2013

The Fairtrade Foundation’s National Campaigner Committee met earlier this month; Sue Good, the Scottish representative on the committee, was there and sent back a report.  

The report speaks of an increase in Fairtrade sales and a meeting with Mike Gidney, the new CEO.  It also included a debate on a new business model for Fairtrade, plans to increase support to national and regional campaigners, as well as a rethink of the Fairtrade Schools award scheme. 

Download the full report here

Upcoming Events

Take One Action: The World On Your Plate Film Festival
, 30 May to 2 June.  Find out more here.

A Sheila McKechnie campaigning workshop is taking place in Falkirk.  Find out more here

Fair Trade Marketing Course, The University of York, 5 to 7 July.  Find out more here.


Scotland 2013 and Beyond

An exciting event on Scotland's international development policy will be held on Friday 17 May 2013 from 10:00-16:00 at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Edinburgh.  "Scotland 2013 and beyond: Our values and principles for a just world" will discuss, debate and develop the values that should underpin Scotland's international development role in 2013 and beyond.

Speakers will include Humza Yousaf MSP – Minister for External Affair and International Development, Peter Sörbom – Co-author of "Barometer 2012", Sweden's civic society report into the government’s policy for global development and will be chaired by Professor Andrew Goudie - Former Chief Economic Adviser to the Scottish Government.

In the afternoon, The Scottish Fair Trade Forum will be running a workshop from 14:50 to 16:00, entitled:

Fair Trade and Procurement: How can we ensure that Scotland's trade and procurement policies contribute to international development outcomes?

To register or for more information, please contact:

'Fair Trade Beyond 2015' Campaign

The ‘Fair Trade Beyond 2015' - a global campaign is calling on the UN to incorporate trade, and the interests of smallholders and other marginalised producers in to the successor to the Millennium Development Goals.

The deadline for the campaign is 14 May and still needs your support to put trade justice on the post 2015 global development framework agenda to comprehensively address the root causes of poverty and inequality.

By collecting as many signed Declarations as possible and presenting them in a petition to the Prime Minister, UK's representative at the UN High-Level meeting in September, the campaign aims to show him the widespread support and need for trade justice.

Find out more about the campaign at


New website
Econo...what? reading groups seeks to help people understand the basics of the financial crisis and what that means for social justice in the UK and the rest of the world.

We’re recruiting new board members

The Forum's Board is looking to recruit members to fill places reserved on the Board for co-opted members. The Board is particularly keen to recruit Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic and young people as Board members and also those with a background in the private sector to complement the experience and skills of current Board members. If you are interested in co-option, please send your CV to

Become a member

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.

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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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