Fair Trade in the Highlands and Islands
Supported by the Scottish Fair Trade Forum
Fairtrade in Highlands and Islands is a campaign being run by David Stewart MSP with support from the Scottish Fair Trade Forum to encourage a significant increase in the use of Fairtrade products across the region. The campaign aims to support good work being done by volunteers, Fairtrade groups, churches and Local Authorities to encourage Fairtrade.
The campaign aims to support good work being done by Local stockists of Fairtrade products,volunteers, Fairtrade groups, churches and Local Authorities to encourage Fairtrade use across every part of society in the Highlands and Islands from individuals and families right through to large organisations with a particular focus on the public sector.
The Key aims of the campaign are :
Getting each Local Authority in the Highlands and Islands to achieve Fairtrade Zone status.
Encouraging all large Public Sector organisations to promote the use of Fairtrade and sourcing ethical products. Primarily these include NHS Health Boards, Police Forces, and other Government Agencies.
Encouraging all publicly funded Transport Operators in the region to promote the use of Fairtrade products. These include FirstScotrail, East Coast, Caledonian MacBrayne, Northlink and Highlands and Islands Airports Authority.
Promoting Fairtrade in schools – ensuring all school pupils have understanding of Fairtrade and access to Fairtrade products. Doubling the number of Fairtrade Schools
Promoting Fairtrade in UHI and partner colleges. Campaigning for UHI to become a Fairtrade University.
Encouraging Private employers to promote Fairtrade products in company canteens and to source ethical products.
Encouraging Wholesalers, Cash & Carries and Retailers to stock Fairtrade products
Promoting Fairtrade at a community level – in community groups, churches and encouraging the good work that is already being done in this area.
Supporting towns and villages to achieve Fairtrade status.
Doubling the number of Fairtrade towns.
Sports grounds and Leisure facilities
The campaign is being supported by theScottish Fair Trade Forum.
A statement from Martin Rhodes, Director of SFTF said:
If you belong to an organisation that would like to support the campaign please get in touch with us.
We have written to all the major public sector organisations
Meetings with FT representatives and groups.
Motions and questions in the Scottish Parliament.
Planning a large event in the New Year (info to follow)
Join the Campaign
Write letters to your local council and companies
Use customer influence - this really works
Organise local events
Through talking to people you know or your employer. Do you work at a UHI College, at a local school or at Scotrail for example?
I, the undersigned, support the campaign to make the Highlands and Islands Fair Trade; to see all Local Authorities in the region gain Fairtrade Status; to double the number of Fairtrade Schools and towns in the region and to see the UHI Millennium Institute (and partner colleges) achieve Fairtrade University Status alongside its new university title.
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