From Monday the 25th of February to Sunday 10th of March 2019 Fairtrade Fortnight is taking place. Fairtrade Fortnight is an annual promotional campaign which happens once every year, organised and funded by the Fairtrade Foundation to increase awareness of Fairtrade products. It makes use of volunteers who support the goals of Fairtrade but who may also be committed to the more general concepts of fair trade, ethical trading or concerned by development issues.
Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world. 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.
Many readers might not know that Stonehaven as a town is known as Fairtrade town and first gained this status in 2014. The town got this award in recognition of the ongoing commitment to promote Fairtrade principles and the achievement of the five qualifying goals which include wide availability of Fairtrade products in local shops and food outlets, and high levels of support from local people, businesses, Aberdeenshire Council, faith groups and schools. Stonehaven in 2017 recently got the Fairtrade town status renewed for another two years and has a Fairtrade steering group.
Please any reader go into your local shop or supermarket between 25th of February to 10th of March 2019 and buy Fairtrade. Tea,Coffee,Bananas or Flowers plus other products are available.
To end Fairtrade Fortnight is also the most important time of the year for everyone to celebrate Fairtrade achievements and the Fairtrade foundation commitment to making trade fair. It’s when schools, town groups and places of worship come together to make our voices stronger against unfair trade.
Keith Lodge, Stonehaven