Spotlight on Scottish Fair Trade Forum

IDEAS would like to welcome the Scottish Fair Trade Forum as a member, and we look forward to working together to raise awareness of Fair Trade among the young, particularly at school level.

Amongst other things, the Forum promotes the use of Fair Trade products in canteens, staffrooms and beyond, and through a special Fairtrade Cotton Schoolwear campaign, teachers and children are being encouraged to explore where the cotton used in uniforms comes from.

The Scottish Fair Trade Forum also engages with the broader public in Scotland by raising awareness and encouraging understanding of the role of Fair Trade in creating a more sustainable world, including Fairtrade Fortnight.

The Forum was originally established to secure Fair Trade Nation status for Scotland, which was achieved in February 2013.

It also works to support the establishment of Fair Trade towns and zones; works with partners such as the Scottish Government and Parliament to ensure that policies are in place that favour Fair Trade producers; and engages with the business community to integrate Fair Trade principles and corporate accountability into all aspects of their businesses.

Find out more about Scottish Fair Trade Forum on its website.

The Forum has also recently published a short guide to linking fair trade with enterprise education in schools, which highlights useful examples and resources.

You can download it here.