The 2016/17 Annual Review provides a snapshot of the activities the Forum have undertaken over the past 12 months. In 16/17, Scotland's commitment to Fair Trade was strengthened throughout society, this was illustrated in March when we celebrated as Scotland was reassessed as a Fair Trade Nation. As well as this, the Forum has undertaken activities such as; furthering our work on public sector procurement, continuing to support the education sector and hosting a seminar ro develop work on international Fair Trade Nations and Regions. We had a very busy Fairtrade Fortnight with producers from Palestine and India and events held across Scotland.
You can view the Annual Review here.
This review gives a snapshot of the Forum’s activities over the past 12 months. Whilst continuing to support Fair Trade in communities across Scotland, the Forum has also undertaken innovative activities such as developing a Fair Trade Nurseries Programme, offering Business Development Grants and working closely with local government to increase the presence of Fair Trade in public sector contracts. We recognised the achievements of our campaigners at the third annual Scottish Fair Trade Awards in November 2015 and initiated discussions on the broader theme of consumer politics at our Fair Trade Lecture in May 2015. We were delighted to host producers from Swazliland and Mauritius who spoke to a range of audiences across Scotland about the difference that Fair Trade makes to their lives.
More than two years have passed since Scotland achieved Fair Trade Nation status, as only the second nation in the world to do so. Now other nations and regions are looking at our model as a way of further promoting Fair Trade. The Forum has continued raising awareness of Fair Trade across Scotland as well as maintaining and further developing the good relationships with producers and their communities across the globe. This year, we welcomed visitors from Malawi, the Dominican Republic, Mauritius and Ghana, whose stories and experiences inspired communities and campaigners, old and new.
It has been another busy year for the Scottish Fair Trade Forum. After achieving Fair Trade Nation Status we continued to work hard in supporting new Fair Trade town and zone applications. One of our key focus this past year was to create direct links between Scotland and Fair Trade producers through the 2013 producer tours. On top of all the hard work we managed to celebrate Scotland's Fair Trade Nation Status with the Fair Trade Festival which brought together 400 campaigners and supporters.
This was a momentous year marking Scotland's Fair Trade Nation Status achievement in February 2013. A day that was marked with festivities at the start of Fairtrade Fortnight 2013. The review also features key activities undertaken over the year, such as the Fair Trade photo competition winner, a pilot Fair Trade nurseries scheme and news about Fair Trade producer visits, as well as Tom Morton's 'Fairly Long Ride' in support of the Fair Trade Nation campaign and much more.