The Scottish Fair Trade Forum was established in January 2007 by a group of Fair Trade campaigners, Scotland-based non-governmental organisations and the Scottish Government, to promote the cause of Fair Trade in Scotland and, in particular, help secure Fair Trade Nation status for Scotland.
When the Forum was established, the intent was to become one of the world's first Fair Trade Nations and we were tasked with leading this effort. After nearly six years of hard work, Scotland achieved Fair Trade Nation status in February 2013.
The idea of Fair Trade Nation first grew out of the Fairtrade Town movement. It was defined by criteria drawn up jointly by the Scottish Executive (as the Scottish Government were then known) and Welsh Assembly Government in 2006. These set out the commitments that the Scottish Parliament, Government, local authorities and other public bodies needed to make to earn Fair Trade Nation status for Scotland.
Scotland is only the second nation after Wales to achieve this status. While we have much to celebrate, work must continue to keep the positive momentum to further embed Fair Trade values among the entire Scottish population and across all sectors of society.
Our commitment to Fair Trade is drawn from Scotland's resolve to challenge global poverty and its recognition for the need for fairness in international trading to preserve the dignity and rights of producers overseas. As such, the Scottish Government has been an instrumental supporter of the Fair Trade Nation campaign and provides core funding to the Scottish Fair Trade Forum.
The Forum is not affiliated with any political or religious group. As an independent body with membership open to any individual or organisation interested in meaningfully promoting Fair Trade in Scotland, we are also reliant on membership fees. We aim for a membership base that reflects the diversity of Scottish society - an essential part of being a Fair Trade Nation. For more information on how to become a member please see our membership page.