Scotland’s Fair Trade champions named

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The 2019 Scottish Fair Trade Awards took place in Edinburgh earlier this week

22nd November 2019 by Gareth Jones 1 Comment

Scotland’s Fair Trade champions have been revealed.

Fair Trade supporters gathered at Scotmid’s headquarters in Edinburgh on Monday 18 November to celebrate the 2019 Scottish Fair Trade Awards.

The awards recognise the individuals, groups and organisations who work locally to support and promote Fair Trade in Scotland, and thereby make a tangible difference to the lives of the people who grow our food and make the products that we use everyday.

The Outstanding Achievement Award went to Carol Clarke who has been campaigning for Fair Trade and trade justice for over 20 years as part of the Hamilton Fair Trade Group, the Scottish Fair Trade Forum, Justice and Peace Scotland and a myriad of other social justice organisations.

Karena Jarvie from Kinross-shire won Volunteer of the Year for her work in communicating the benefits of Fair Trade and building support for Scottish-based Fair Trade businesses such as Bala Sport and JTS.

The Campaign of the Year Award went to seven teachers from schools across Scotland who are passionate champions of Fairtrade cotton uniforms.

Farlogie Café, run by P6 pupils from Carnoustie Primary School, received the Community Award for managing a thriving Fair Trade café in the community, and City of Glasgow College’s Jewellery Department was honoured with the 2019 Innovation and Sustainability Award for taking a proactive approach to embedding Fair Trade into the curriculum.

Paisley-based social enterprise JTS was given a special recognition award for its partnership work with Fair Trade producers in Malawi, Eswantini, South Africa, Sri Lanka and Kenya.

Ben Macpherson, Scotland’s Minister for Europe, Migration and International Development, attended to present the awards. Macpherson said: “I was delighted to attend this event and formally recognise those who go out of their way to promote Fair Trade and global citizenship in their communities. The work of these individuals, groups and organisations is crucial in encouraging the public to choose Fair Trade and make a difference to the livelihoods of producers around the world.

“The Scottish Government is committed to making the world a place where justice, equity and sustainable development are at the heart of trade practices.”

2nd December 2019 by Sue Palmer

Well done JTS Scotland of Paisley! And all who promote fairly traded goods.