Fair Trade Nation
The announcement followed a two-year campaign by the Wales Fair Trade Forum, funded by the Welsh Assembly Government, to increase the availability of Fair Trade products in towns, cities and counties across Wales, and encouraging schools, businesses and other organisations to switch to Fair Trade. See the BBC news article.
Fair Trade Nation milestones were set by the Wales Fair Trade Forum (including CAFOD, Christian Aid, Oxfam, Tearfund, Together Creating Communities, Traidcraft,) in agreement with the Welsh Assembly Government, the Scottish Government, the Scottish Fair Trade Forum, and in consultation with the Fairtrade Foundation. Some of the milestones met include:
- 100% of counties have active Fairtrade groups working towards Fairtrade status
- 100% of cities have Fairtrade status
- Over 55% of towns have active Fairtrade groups working towards Fairtrade status
- 60% of HE institutions have active Fairtrade groups working towards Fairtrade status
- 75% of people know about Fair Trade
- Schools across the country to sign a Fair Trade pledge or become Fair Trade Schools
- Welsh Assembly Government to support and promote Fair Trade
5 years in
See our video from 2013 to see what Fair Trade activities were going on across Wales.
“Through this outstanding commitment we are making a real difference to the lives of producers and farmers in developing countries. We are confirming our commitment to paying a fair price for their produce, and helping their families and communities to trade their way out of poverty.”
Rt. Hon. Carwyn Jones, The First Minister of Wales.
Where are we now
It is now 10 years since Wales was declared a Fair Trade Nation, a fantastic achievement involving people and organisations all across Wales. With Scotland joining Wales as a Fair Trade Nation in 2013, the international interest in becoming a Fair Trade Nation or Region has been growing.
Last year we signed a Memorandum of Understanding that had been written and signed by several interested regions and nations, including ourselves. This development, alongside Northern Ireland declaring as a Fair Trade Region last year, shows that there is an appetite for a more international definition of a Fair Trade Nation.
Alongside this, the way trade happens has changed as the world develops, and the Fair Trade movement has similarly been evolving to react to new issues. As we reach 10 years since being declared a Fair Trade Nation, and as the UK potentially seeks to change the methods and ways it trades with other countries, this seems an appropriate time to reflect on what Wales as a Fair Trade Nation could be in the future.
We are carrying out a short review looking at what Wales currently is as a Fair Trade Nation and what the future of Wales as a Fair Trade Nation could look like. We want your your opinions about this. Please take a few minutes to fill in our survey. We’ve made sure that it will take no more than four minutes if you’re quick, but there’s plenty of space to expand your answers if you have a lot to say.
The survey closes midday on Thursday 26 July. We’ll be gathering all the responses up, alongside focus groups and one-to-one interviews to inform our suggestions internationally on what a Fair Trade Nation is, and also what Fair Trade work we can best do here in Wales.
If you’ve got any queries about the survey, or have more to say, then get in touch by email, twitter or Facebook.
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