What is Fairtrade?
Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world. It enables them to improve their position and have more control over their lives.
By requiring companies to pay sustainable prices (which must never fall lower than the market price), Fairtrade addresses the injustices of conventional trade, which traditionally discriminates against the poorest, weakest producers.
How many fairtrade products are there in the UK?
The Fairtrade Foundation has licensed over 3,000 Fairtrade certified products for sale through retail and catering outlets in the UK.
- Nuts/Oil Seeds
- Cut Flowers
- Sports Balls
- Fresh Fruit
What is the Fairtrade Mark?
The FAIRTRADE Mark (see left) is an independent consumer label which appears on UK products as a guarantee that they have been certified against internationally agreed Fairtrade standards.
The Mark indicates that the product has been certified to give a better deal to the producers involved – it does not act as an endorsement of an entire company's business practices.
What is the Fairtrade Minimum price and Premium?
The Fairtrade minimum price defines the lowest possible price that a buyer of Fairtrade products must pay the producer.
The minimum price is set based on a consultative process with Fairtrade producers and traders and guarantees that producers receive a price which covers the cost of sustainable production.
Money paid on top of the Fairtrade minimum price that is invested in social, environmental and economic developmental projects, decided upon democratically by a committee of producers within the organisation or of workers on a plantation.
Where can I buy Fairtrade products?
Details of national stockists can be found at www.fairtrade.org.uk/products
Products are available in major supermarkets, independent shops, in cafés, restaurants, through catering suppliers and wholesales, as well as through online shopping channels. Also check out shops that are part of BAFTS (British Association of Fair Trade Shops) which often have product ranges not available in mainstream stores.
Fairtrade in Angus
For almost a decade Angus has been furthering the fairtrade cause. Angus Council agreed to support Fairtrade in 2003, encouraging the support for Fairtrade principles through the wider community and local businesses.
Montrose became the first fairtrade town in 2008 and Montrose Academy the first fairtrade secondary school in the Angus area. This success has encouraged four other burghs and countless schools to work towards achieving fairtrade status. Places of worship also play an important part and in some towns this is where the coordinated effort arises.
A vast range of exciting events have taken place and communities in Angus have been able to hear first hand from producers from countries such as Palestine and Malawi of the positive affect buying fairtrade in Scotland can make to communities around the world.
Angus now strives to encourage private enterprise to follow the lead that community groups and the education sector have provided aiding us in achieving “Fairtrade Zone Status”.
You can read more about fairtrade in Angus and find retailers and caterers throughout the region in the following guide - Angus - A Fairtrade Zone (770 KB PDF) Opens in a new window .
Town & Zone Forums
Montrose, Arbroath, Brechin, Forfar and Carnoustie all have their own town Forums and there is a “Zone wide” Forum also. Minutes of all the groups’ activities can be found below.
For more information on fairtrade please visit:
- Scottish Fairtrade Forum
- Fairtrade Foundation
- Montrose Fairtrade Forum
- The Co-op
- Scotmid Co-operative