In Scotland, we use the term "Fairtrade Zone" to refer to local authority areas with Fairtrade status.
Every local authority area in Scotland can have a ‘Fairtrade Zone Group’, and many local authorities play a key role in these groups. They consist of volunteers and representatives from local organisations who work together to achieve and maintain Fairtrade status for their local authority area (known as a ‘zone’).
Local Authorities play a huge part in advancing the Fair Trade movement, and many have helped their local area to achieve Fairtrade status. They have huge buying power, meaning it can make a real difference when they switch some of their products to Fair Trade, and they can influence other public sector bodies and local organisations to support Fair Trade.
As well as the benefits this brings for producers in developing countries, supporting Fair Trade can also help local authorities achieve the following objectives:
You can read our Local Authority Fairtrade Zone Guidance here which has information on how the goals are different and some helpful hints.
To find out more about what is going on in Fairtrade Zones you can take a look at our Local Activity Report 17-18 here
More than 80% of all local authority areas in Scotland have now achieved ‘Fairtrade Zone’ status. These zones are: