Scotland has retained Fair Trade Nation status with 43% more consumers reporting that they bought Fairtrade products in 2016 than in the preceding year.
According to analysis by the Scottish Fair Trade Forum, in the last four years there has been a 30% increase in the number of towns with Fair Trade status, rising to 65 in 2016. Across Stirling Constituency communities in Stirling, Balfron, Strathblane and Blanefield are all waving the flag for Fair Trade.
75% of local authority areas, including Stirling, now have Fair Trade status with 70% of higher education institutions and 20% of schools achieving the standard.
Scotland was only the second nation in the world, after Wales, to achieve Fair Trade Nation status in 2013 and support sales of products that offer a better deal to workers in developing countries.
Commenting on this Bruce Crawford MSP said;
“Scotland is a caring nation and I am delighted that more Scots are demonstrating this by choosing to buy Fairtrade products. This is good news for people in developing countries who benefit greatly from the Fairtrade premium.”
“Having Scotland’s Fair Trade Nation status affirmed once more shows that Fair Trade campaigners across my constituency and the whole of Scotland are continuing to work tirelessly to consolidate on past achievements and make further progress towards ensuring support for Fair Trade continues to grow.”