Our Scottish-based Fair Trade Suppliers
The commitment of people all across Scotland to Fair Trade, a unique and transparent approach to trade that puts people and planet first, means since 2013, Scotland has been recognised as a Fair Trade Nation. Now more than never that commitment is needed.
From unwavering campaigners, educational institutions, faith groups and the broader public to our dedicated charities, local councils and government, we are all playing a part to ensure farmers and workers around the world are paid fairly, given decent working conditions and fair terms for trade.
The backbone of our movement, however, is our bustling network of Fair Trade suppliers who stock an amazing collection of goods for us to enjoy.
Since as far back as the 1960s, these importers, wholesalers and retailers have supplied Scotland with everything from household favourites - like tea, coffee, oils and sauces, biscuits, chocolate and rice - to more specialist products - like footballs, fashion items and accessories, personal care products and unique gifts. They do this all while ensuring farmers and workers around the world receive fair payment and conditions, and ultimately, the respect and dignity everyone deserves.
Surviving and thriving as an organisation while committing to Fair Trade principles is hard work - even at the best of times. With sales now drying up, the Global Covid-19 Pandemic has brought many of them into emergency mode, with some struggling to even meet existing financial commitments. Some are looking at 12 months just to recover; others teeter on the brink of closure. Unsurprisingly however, their devotion to Fair Trade has, and will not, waver.
As the situation becomes increasingly bleak for those in developing countries - with global supply chains being disrupted and markets disappearing fast - this commitment to Fair Trade, and the stable income, decent working conditions and fair contracts its provides, has never been more important. These farmers and workers are telling us they need Fair Trade now more than ever.
While our past achievements in Scotland give us much to celebrate, our Fair Trade movement is at a crucial point. If we truly want to continue justifiably calling ourselves a Fair Trade Nation, we need to do all we can to protect our Fair Trade suppliers now. Without them, Scotland cannot create and maintain fair partnerships with some of the most marginalised people in the world.
Now more than ever, people’s commitment to Fair Trade is needed.
How you can help
With your support and donations, the Scottish Fair Trade Forum can:
1) Allocate funding between suppliers which they can then use to:
2) Provide one-to-one supplier support, helping them:
Support and donations will be made available to the following Fair Trade suppliers by way of grant:
- Dos Mundos
- Fair Trade Scotland
- Gavin's Mill
- JTS - Just Trading Scotland
- One World Shop
- Pacari Chocolates UK
- Rafiki Coffee
- Rainbow Turtle
Anything you can contribute is greatly appreciated. We have also hand-selected and purchased some fantastic items from each of the Fair Trade suppliers to have as rewards!