Scottish Fair Trade Forum
September 2012

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.

Martin Rhodes
Director, Scottish Fair Trade Forum

Fair Trade: Scotland


Participants at the Campaign day
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.


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.
Queensferry Fair Trade Group
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

Fair Trade: World


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 to let us know.


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.

Read all about it

SFTF Annual Review 2012
We've just published our Review of the year 2011/12. If you'd like to catch up on an eventful twelve months, you can download a PDF copy (7.6 MB) from our website. 

Get the Guide

Scotland Fair Trade Guide 2012

There's so much going on for Fair Trade in Scotland and for the first time the Guide brings it all together. You can download a PDF version of the Guide (3.6 MB) from our site or order a copy from the publisher, Hand Up Media.

Pledge your Support
Scotland's Going Fair Trade. Are You?
If you'd like to encourage family, friends or contacts to pledge their support for Fair Trade, why not ask them to sign and return a Scotland's Going Fair Trade. Are You? postcard. We're especially interested in hearing from people who want to set up a Fair Trade steering group in their locality or help others who have already set up a group.

Become a Member

SFTF members at the AGM
As a Scottish Fair Trade Forum member you are helping to make Scotland the world's second 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.

Make a Date

The 6th International Fair Trade Towns Conference takes place in Poznan, Poland, on 10 and 11 November 2012. The organisers have invited Fair Trade Towns  to send a postcard with their town's coat of arms or emblem, or a picture of a scene identifying the town, for display at the conference.

We'll be happy to send in bulk all postcards from Scotland. If you'd like us to include a postcard from your town, make sure it reaches us by 1 November 2012 so we have time to arrange onward delivery to Poland.

This year's conference is of special importance to the young Polish Fair Trade movement. The country has only two towns (Poznan and Gdansk) working towards Fair Trade Town status and the organisers hope that Fair Traders from other countries visiting Poznan will assist and inspire Polish delegates as they build support for Fair Trade.

To find out more, visit the conference website.

Share your News

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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