East Dunbartonshire has become the first local authority in Scotland and the wider UK to launch a Fair Trade Nurseries scheme.
The scheme, which is supported by a Co-operative Community Fund grant, promotes support for Fair Trade across all nurseries in the county.
The inaugural event took place at Bearsden Academy on 11 September 2012 with staff from East Dunbartonshire nurseries joining Councillor Leader Rhondda Geekie. Tracy Mitchell from East Dunbartonshire Fairtrade Steering Group and Martin Rhodes, Director of the Scottish Fair Trade Forum, were also present to celebrate the initiative.
‘This initiative, the first of its kind in the UK, extends our well-established Fair Trade agenda to an important new community and is attracting the attention of decision-makers and practitioners across the country’, said Councillor Geekie.
Local MP, Jo Swinson, agreed: ‘This is a truly amazing initiative that will make sure the Fair Trade message is brought to the next generation at an early age. The Fair Trade Nurseries Programme, leading the way in the UK, will hopefully be adopted by communities across the country,’ she said.
East Dunbartonshire's involvement with fair trade dates back to the 1980s. It set up a Fair Trade steering group in 2005 and was first awarded Fairtrade Zone status in 2007. This has been renewed twice.
To find out more about the East Dunbartonshire scheme, contact Sylvia Gray At East Dunbartonshire Council, telephone (0141) 578-8655, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.