Fair Trade



23 February - 8 March 2015 



Before you finish eating breakfast in the morning, you’ve depended on more than half the world.’

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

‘Before we joined the co-operative we didn’t even know Fairtrade existed, we knew only about a kind of trade that didn’t offer any premiums, where traders used to keep the profits and leave us only with debts.’

Teresa Riviera Palacios, Fairtrade coffee farmer and co-operative president







 There is a strong fair trade movement in Aberdeen. 


In 2004 Aberdeen became the first Scottish City to obtain Fairtrade status and we are now working to increase fair trade within the city and to support the goal of Scotland becoming one of the first Fairtrade Nations.


What is Fairtrade?

The Fairtrade mark is a guarantee that producers in developing countries have been paid a fair price for their goods, a minimum price is guaranteed as well as a Fairtrade premium, which is used to invest in the local community.  Producers always have a democratic say in the decision-making (women as well as men), the farm workers have the right to join unions and receive a decent wage, and the 'Dirty Dozen' of chemicals are forbidden on certified Fairtrade farms, which protects the workers and the environment. Find out the difference between the fact and the fiction about fair trade in our 'Myths and Realities' document.


 How to become more involved in Fairtrade

There are various ways you can find out more about Fair Trade in Aberdeen and get involved.  The list below is not exhaustive and if we have not answered your question, please contact us and we will try our best to help you.

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How can I become involved in the movement locally?

There are a number of ways you can get involved at a local level.  To get involved in local Aberdeen activities click here.  Remember, next time you go shopping and you can't find the Fairtrade product that you're looking for in your local shop, speak to the manager and ask them to stock it - it's the best way to let local shop keepers know that there is a demand for Fairtrade products.


What support do we offer to local teachers to introduce Fair Trade into the curriculum?

The Montgomery Development Education Centre has a wide variety of teaching packs covering all age groups, available for teachers to borrow free of charge.  We also run a number of CPD's throughout the year, and are always happy to help with any queries that you might have. We have compiled a list of key resources for exploring Fair Trade for each stage in the school curriculum to help you get started and see the 'Fairtrade in Schools' section below.


How do I find out more information about Fair Trade?

A great place to start is the Fairtrade Foundation Website, which has a wealth of information and lots of links to other websites that should be able to answer most of your questions.


The future of Fair Trade?

The AGM of Aberdeen for a Fairer World in November 2014 was followed by the first John Forster Memorial Lecture in memory of our Chair, who died in July 2014.

Martin Rhodes, Director, Scottish Fair Trade Forum, spoke on the theme 'Fair Trade - Future Directions'.

In an engaging and thought-provoking talk, Martin addressed the issues currently facing the fair trade movement, 20 years after the Fairtrade mark was launched.


During that time there has been an enormous growth in sales of fairly traded goods, but there is much still to be done as there remain huge imbalances of power in world trade. 


Martin spoke about the complexity of fair trade issues in the global economy and the many interesting possible initiatives and developments which might be explored to promote fair trade and challenge unfair trade. 


Above all, it is essential to ensure that all trading arrangements are mutually beneficial to producers, suppliers and consumers.



Fairtrade in Schools

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Our current Key Resources for exploring trade and Fair trade at every stage of teaching sheets give lots of ideas for each curricular stage to help you get started.  

The Fairtrade foundation website contains lots of information about Fairtrade, including campaigning resources and a site for schools wanting to be involved with fair trade.

The Fairtrade Schools Award has changed in 2014 to give schools better support, more flexibility, a focus on learning - and, crucially, to celebrate young people's achievements better. You can find out more about the new award structure here and get your school involved at http://schools.fairtrade.org.uk/fairtrade-schools/become-fairtrade-school

The Scottish FT Forum has a useful website and a special schools section with lots of links.  Traidcraft also have a new schools site supporting you with lesson plans and ideas, and also a one-stop shop for fair trade products including staff room supplies, small gifts and tuckshop items.

Have you ever wondered whether to buy Fairtrade or organic? What about all of those food miles? These and other awkward questions are answered in our 'Fairtrade Myths and Realities' document.  We have also put together a list of Fairtrade FAQ's which you might find useful.

Pupils in Aberdeen city schools have been busy promoting Fair Trade in weird and wonderful ways.  To see what they've been doing click on this link .










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