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
• Over 400 schools across Wales are signed up to become Fairtrade schools
A real and lasting commitment to Fair Trade has been made by the Welsh Assembly Government
“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
- 82% of our local authorities have achieved Fairtrade status.
- 93% of our universities have achieved Fairtrade status.
- 91 Fairtrade town, counties and village groups in Wales are actively making a difference
- 100s of faith groups
- 50% of welsh schools are registered on the Fairtrade Schools Scheme
- 150 schools in Wales have been awarded Fairtrade Status
- 20% of UK schools that have been awarded Fairtrade Status are based in Wales, despite welsh schools only representing 6.7% of the total number of UK schools.
Young people are the key to fair trade becoming part of our normal shopping habit and for solidifying fairness in trade. The Fairtrade School Scheme allows young people across Wales, and the UK to learn not only about where products come from but about global citizenship, trade justice and sustainability. As an educating tool it can motivate and inspire the next generation and it creates opportunities to discuss global issues and responses.