Scotland’s desire to become one of the world’s first Fair Trade Nations is on course to become a reality by the end of this year.
In July 2006, the Scottish Government established a set of innovative measures to be met in order to make the ‘Fair Trade Nation’ status a real achievement.
According to the Scottish Fair Trade Forum, the main targets to be achieved in order to reach the goal depend on National and Local Authorities as well as on some public institutions such as schools or universities.
For Scotland to become a Fair Trade Nation all cities should achieve the Fairtrade City status and at least 60% of Universities should have active Fair Trade groups working towards the same status.
So far, almost two-thirds of higher education institutions have achieved the goal and there are only four more local authorities needed for Scotland to see its dream of being one of the world’s first Fair Trade Nations become true.
In order to meet the criteria, the Scottish Parliament and the Scottish Government are also required to actively promote Fairtrade Fortnight each year since the campaign was launched in 2006.
With the theme “Take a step for Fairtrade” this year’s Fortnight runs from 27th February to the 11th March. Being a key year for the nation’s future to get the Fair Trade status, the Fairtrade Foundation is asking everyone to take a step for it.
A spokesperson for the Fairtrade foundation said “It can be a simple step, like swapping your tea to Fairtrade, or a bigger step, like asking everyone in your office to do it too.”.
For those willing to find out what events are taking place in Edinburgh as part of the Fairtrade Fortnight 2012, this link from the Edinburgh Council is a must: http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/info/20103/fairtrade/1130/fair_trade_news_and_events