SCOTLAND DECLARED A FAIR TRADE NATION
Wednesday, 27 February 2013 13:24
Falkirk East MSP, Angus MacDonald welcomes today’s announcement that Scotland has become one of the world’s first Fair Trade Nations.
The news comes on the first day of Fairtrade Fortnight 2013 and follows a nationwide campaign led by the Scottish Fair Trade Forum that has seen the people of Scotland rally behind Fair Trade principles.
The accolade means people, government, businesses, public bodies and community organisations across Scotland have come together to meet stringent criteria designed to promote Fair Trade.
Commenting on the announcement, Mr MacDonald said:
“I am proud that Scotland is one of only two countries in the world that can call themselves a Fair Trade Nation.
“My involvement with the Scottish Fair Trade Forum started in 2008 when Falkirk District gain Fair Trade status and I helped organise the first Fair Trade National Mod in Falkirk.
“In becoming a Fair Trade Nation, Scotland had to meet a range of criteria to demonstrate that we are delivering a real and lasting impact by contributing to reducing poverty, improving the lives of people that we seek to support and helping them access their rights.
“This fantastic achievement would not have been possible without the dedication and commitment of people throughout Scotland of all ages and backgrounds.”