ANGUS MACDONALD MSP SIGNS UP TO MAKE SCOTLAND A FAIR TRADE NATION
Thursday, 28 June 2012 10:47
Angus MacDonald, MSP for Falkirk East has signed up to support the campaign to make Scotland a Fair Trade Nation. The campaign, organised by the Scottish Fair Trade Forum, aims to put together the bid for Scotland to be declared a Fair Trade Nation by increasing awareness and purchasing of Fair Trade products
Angus MacDonald MSP has demonstrated his commitment by signing a card with the slogan “Scotland’s Going Fair Trade. Are You?” As one of the first Fair Trade Nations in the world, Scotland will lead the way in ensuring producers from the developing world are paid the right price for their products so that they can work their way out of poverty.
“We are delighted that so many MSPs are supporting the campaign”, said Martin Rhodes, Director of the Scottish Fair Trade Forum. “Cross-party support is vital to achieving Fair Trade status across the whole of Scotland. The support of Angus MacDonald MSP is another boost for the campaign.”
Angus MacDonald MSP said “I am pleased to be supporting the campaign to make Scotland a Fair Trade Nation. I know that many local people here in Falkirk district support Fair Trade to ensure that farmers and producers in the developing world get a fair deal.”
“Falkirk district has led the way in many respects with regard to gaining Fair Trade status and I was pleased to be Convener of the first ever Fair Trade Royal National Mod when it was held in Falkirk in 2008. Falkirk district received Fair Trade status then and I remain committed to ensuring Scotland becomes a Fair Trade nation as soon as possible.”
Fair Trade goods guarantee a fair price to producers in developing countries, as well as safe working conditions, no child labour, rights for women and protection of the environment. As a Fair Trade Nation, Scotland’s towns will have active Fair Trade groups, each city will have Fair Trade City status, and the Scottish Government will actively promote Fair Trade.