Dear Fair Trade supporter,
I hope that you have had a good summer. The weather hasn't been ideal here in Edinburgh, but while the rain fell, we in the Scottish Fair Trade Forum have been busy. As we report below, we've made good progress in the Fair Trade Nation
campaign and I'm optimistic that we'll be able to complete our submission for Fair Trade Nation status this autumn.
We were busy also getting ready for our 2012 Campaign Day, which took place in Paisley Town Hall on 1 September. I was encouraged by the quality and extent of the discussion, which showed for me how much people in Scotland care about the potential of Fair Trade to lift the dead hand of poverty from millions of people around the world.
It looks like the autumn is going to be every bit as busy. I look forward to telling you all about it.
Director, Scottish Fair Trade Forum
CAMPAIGN DAY 2012
About a hundred Fair Traders from across Scotland and further afield assembled in Paisley Town Hall on 1 September for the Scottish Fair Trade Forum’s Campaign Day 2012.
The pace of the programme was brisk but there was a lot to get through: Martin Rhodes reported on progress made in the Scotland Fair Trade Nation campaign (more below) and there were sessions on financing the future of Fair Trade and Wales's experience of being a Fair Trade Nation, among others. The day also saw Sue Good of the Aberdeen Fair Trade Group elected as Scottish representative to the Fairtrade Foundation’s new National Campaigner Committee and participants gained insights into Traidcraft’s autumn product range and the company’s ‘More Than Just’ thinking.
In a principal address, Paul Chandler, Chief Executive of Traidcraft, challenged Fair Trade Organisations to develop a new approach if they were to continue to deliver benefits to the world’s poorest people. The Fairtrade mark needs to embrace diversity and go where it has not gone before, he said – deeper
into established product areas such as chocolate and broader
into new product areas such as rubber and palm oil, challenging all of us to be fairer
in the way we engage with the world’s most marginalised populations.
If you couldn’t make it to Paisley, or want to relive memories of the day, you’ll find photographs on Flickr
FAIR TRADE NATION CAMPAIGN
The Scotland Fair Trade Nation campaign has made substantial progress with only one criterion still to be met - local authorities that have achieved Fairtrade Zone status. So far 13 out of 18 local authorities have achieved this, though we are hopeful that applications in the pipeline will bump up the total and that we'll be able to complete our Fair Trade Nation submission aome time this autumn.
Hats off to:
Clackmannanshire on achieving Fairtrade Zone status. Clackmannanshire Council is supporting Fair Trade as part of its sustainability and climate change strategy. In recent years the demand for Fairtrade goods has increased significantly in the Wee County .
East Dunbartonshire on becoming the first local authority in Scotland and (we think) the wider UK to launch a Fair Trade Nurseries scheme. The scheme, which is supported by a Co-operative Community Fund grant, promotes support for Fair Trade across all nurseries in East Dunbartonshire.
the Queensferry Fair Trade Group on winning our ‘Picture a Fair Trade Scotland’ competition. The winning entry (below) shows members of Queensferry Fair Trade Group proudly displaying a wide range of Fairtrade products in front of the iconic Forth Rail Bridge.
Although the competition has closed, we’d like to build up our gallery of images of Scotland as it heads towards Fair Trade Nation status. So, if you’re feeling creative with a camera, why not give it a go? You’ll find details of what we’re looking for on our website
FAIRTRADE SALES SURGE
UK shoppers spent 12% more on Fairtrade-certified products in 2011 than they did in the year before, according to figures released this summer by Fairtrade International. The surge is part of a general increase in shoppers opting for Fairtrade-certified products with sales of almost €5 billion (£3.85 billion) worldwide in 2011.
Coffee sales led the increase (up 12% year on year), followed by cocoa (up 14%), bananas (9%), sugar (9%), tea (8%) and flowers (11%).
There were no separate figures published for Scotland, but, if you’re a Fairtrade retailer, we’ll be interested in your experience. Does a 12% increase sound about right for Scotland too, or does your experience suggest that Scotland may be ahead of the UK average? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
to let us know.
LONDON 2012: THE FAIREST GAMES EVER?
As well as offering a fantastic festival of sport and the human spirit, Fairtrade tea, coffee, sugar and bananas were available this summer at all Olympic and Paralympic Games catering venues, and Fairtrade chocolate, oranges and wine were offered in selected venues. So well done, London. But can Glasgow go one better? If you have ideas for how we can help the 2014 Commonwealth Games win gold for Fair Trade, let us know