Fairness on the menu as part of Fairtrade Fortnight

Tuesday, 28 February, 2017


People are being urged to be fair when they are enjoying a brew as part of this year's Fairtrade Fortnight campaign - which runs from 27 February to 12 March.

The Council is once again working with East Dunbartonshire Fair Trade Steering Group and a range of local organisations to raise awareness of Fair Trade issues.

Fair Trade stalls will be placed in a number of Council building receptions during the fortnight.

And Lenzie Fairtrade Group is holding a special coffee morning on Saturday 11 March - from 10am in Lenzie Union Parish Hall.

Meanwhile, following the closure of the legendary Balmore Coach House, a new Fair Trade shop and café - Gavin's Mill in Milngavie - is being officially opened by broadcaster and author Sally Magnusson on 1 March.

The opening takes place at 11am and people are being encouraged to go along to be part of this new landmark development.

East Dunbartonshire Council recently approved a new resolution supporting Fair Trade locally.

Councillor Rhondda Geekie, Leader of the Council, said, "I hope as many people as possible can spare time to support Fairtrade Fortnight.

"This year's theme is encouraging people to think fairly - and shop accordingly - when they are enjoying a well-deserved break and a cuppa.

"East Dunbartonshire Council is committed to the ethos and values of Fair Trade, and will continue to work with local communities, organisations and traders on this important issue.

"I would like to commend the many individuals, retailers, workplaces, churches, nurseries, schools and local community groups who work tirelessly in support of Fair Trade - helping to make a direct difference to people's lives around the world.

"In particular, I would like to once again highlight the amazing achievements of The Balmore Trust over so many years.

"Although The Coach House facility closed recently, the new shop and café at Gavin's Mill look set to carry on its wonderful work and legacy. Trust Chairman John Riches has been instrumental in that and I wish him and fellow volunteers all the very best for the future."

The Council works closely with East Dunbartonshire Fair Trade Steering Group, as well as Fairtrade Town groups in Lenzie, Bearsden and Milngavie.

It also works with enterprises such as Silver Birch (Scotland) Ltd in Milton of Campsie - a flagship Fair Trade employer in the area - and Milton of Campsie Parish Church Justice and Peace Group.

East Dunbartonshire was one of the first areas to gain Fairtrade Zone status in 2007 and has held the accolade continually since then - blazing a trail in Scotland.

For more information visit www.fairtrade.org.uk, www.facebook.com/eastdunbartonshirefairtrade, www.facebook.com/gavinsmill, www.facebook.com/LenzieFairTrade and www.facebook.com/bearsdenandmilngaviefairtrade

  • The Council recently passed a motion which included a pledge to:
    • Offer Fair Trade goods wherever possible when catering for Council meetings and functions
    • Implement Fair Trade through procurement processes and those of suppliers wherever possible
    • Continue to support the work of East Dunbartonshire Fairtrade Steering Group
    • Promote Fair Trade issues and practices among local business, commercial and other organisations
    • Share best practice on Fair Trade and sustainable development with other public bodies, stakeholders and partners
    • Work to ensure East Dunbartonshire continues to meet and exceed the requirements necessary to maintain its status as a Fairtrade Zone.
  • East Dunbartonshire Fair Trade Steering Group works with retailers, workplaces, churches, nurseries, schools and local community groups. It has pioneered new initiatives with the Council such as the Fairtrade Cotton Schoolwear Campaign, the nurseries campaign and themed menus in schools - which have been rolled out nationally.
  • The group is well supported by the Council, something the Fairtrade Foundation highlighted when it said: "We were particularly impressed by the excellent and continuing relationship with the Council and their active involvement locally and nationally encouraging Fairtrade food procurement in schools."
  • Fair Trade is about decent working conditions and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers. It encourages sustainable production techniques and protection for the environment, and contributes to the sustainability of supply chains. 
  • The Fairtrade Mark gives consumers guarantees about the product so they can make an informed decision about their purchase.

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