Fair Trade Nation

Fair Trade Nation

2018 – 10 years on

To mark 10 years, on 6 June 2018 people all over the world had parties, shared memories, happy birthday messages and finished it all off with a Fair Trade Way.

Alongside all the fun, we were thinking not just about the past 10 years, but also about the future.

In 2017 we signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) about Fair Trade Nations and Regions. Several other Nations and Regions also signed the MoU, showing an appetite for a more international definition of a Fair Trade Nation. Scotland (2013) and Northern Ireland (2017) have joined us in becoming a Fair Trade Nation and Region, respectively.

Since 2018, the way trade happens has changed as the world develops, and the Fair Trade movement has been evolving to react to new issues. As the UK approaches Brexit and seeks to change how it trades, this seemed an appropriate time to reflect on what Wales as a Fair Trade Nation could be in the future.

2013 – 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.

2008 – Fair Trade Nation

A two-year campaign by the Wales Fair Trade Forum led to the announcement of Wales being a Fair Trade Nation. Funding from the Welsh Assembly Government focussed on goals including: increasing the Fair Trade product availability across Wales, and encouraging schools, businesses and other organisations to switch to Fair Trade. This was a fantastic achievement involving people and organisations all across Wales. See the BBC news article.

Criteria

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

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