Fair Trade fights for just and sustainable trade for people and planet.

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A Grassroots Movement for Change

Campaigning for Fair Trade in Scotland can be traced back to the 1970s, along with solidarity trade championed by Traidcraft, and faith-based communities. The aim was to establish an alternative economic model to support the most marginalised people around the world. Campaign Coffee Scotland was born. The 1980s saw the arrival of the One World Shop, Greencity Wholefoods and Equal Exchange – the pioneers of Fair Trade in Scotland. Find out about the global development of Fair Trade.

Jump forward to 2024 and we’re celebrating 30 years of the Fairtrade Mark. Read about the history of Fairtrade. Scotland has been a Fair Trade Nation for 10 years and is in the process of renewing that status, with campaigners at the heart of Scotland’s Fair Trade movement. We are Scotland’s Fair Trade Network, with over 160 members – individuals, nurseries, schools, colleges, universities, faith organisations, local councils, NGOs, other public sector organisations, Fair Trade businesses. Take a look at all the activity over the years on Our Fair Trade Timeline – and add yours. 

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We are all part of a global movement for trade and climate justice. We want a fair future, with a change to the way we do business and trade – a world in which trade contributes to justice, equity and sustainable development.

Keep the Fair Trade campaign going in your community to show Scotland’s continued support of Fair Trade. 

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What is Fair Trade?

“Fair Trade is a trading partnership, based on dialogue, transparency and respect, that seeks greater equity in international trade. It contributes to sustainable development by offering better trading conditions to, and securing the rights of, marginalized producers and workers – especially in the South. Fair Trade Organizations, backed by consumers, are engaged actively in supporting producers, awareness raising and in campaigning for changes in the rules and practice of conventional international trade”.

International Fair Trade Charter