Congratulations to the winners of the Scottish Fair Trade Awards 2021

 

Fair Trade and Sustainability Award sponsored by the Energy Agency – we have  four winners

Our first winner is Kyle Academy Geography and RME Department

They have worked tirelessly over the last decade or so, to ensure that Fairtrade and its principles are embedded in the school curriculum. Amongst a whole lot more, in and around Fairtrade fortnight the department delivers an entire course of Fairtrade and environment lessons to all S1 pupils, which raises awareness of the climate aims and impact of Fair Trade and its role in contributing towards a more sustainable world.

Our next winner is the University of St Andrews

They support Fairtrade Fortnight each year with their student societies, engage with the local Food Cooperative to spread information about Fairtrade relating to sustainability, serve Fairtrade tea, coffee and juices at their cafes, and had their Sustainable Development Society going “Bananas about Fairtrade”.

The next winner is Kilmarnock Academy Eco and Fairtrade Student Group

They have been involved in various Fair Trade and sustainability initiatives over the past few years including sales of Fair Trade goods in school; provision of paper and plastic recycling in classrooms; community litter picking and educating the wider school around sustainability issues. And they didn’t let Covid restrictions get in their way.

Our final Fair Trade and Sustainability Award winners are Gartconner Early Years Centre and Primary School

They have been cooking and baking using Fairtrade products, and learning about the benefits of using Fairtrade products, and how this benefits the environment and climate change. They’ve been taking this message out into the community and have been growing their own food.

 

Fair Trade Innovation Award

The winner is the B2B Coffee Project

5 years ago, Challenges Worldwide was successful in getting funding from the Scottish Government International Development Fund for a 5 year Rwanda Coffee Project. As the funding for the project is coming to its end, an exciting legacy plan has been put in place to establish a commercial trading operation for Rwandan Fairtrade coffee to build the market for Rwandan coffee in the UK. Building on the Challenges-led project an exciting new initiative with coffee co-operatives in Rwanda and Uganda, has embarked on a partnership with UK-based credit-granter for international small-scale farmers, Ollema Fairer Farming Fund. Together, they are forging direct links and open communication and collaboration between Rwandan and Ugandan specialty producers and the UK’s vibrant coffee community. The partners of ‘B2B Coffee’, will act as importers of specialty-grade and Fairtrade-certified coffee, marketing it to sustainably-conscious independent roasters, and facilitating meaningful and inclusive connections between all actors in the direct farmer-roaster-customer supply chain.

 

Special Recognition Award – we have two winners

Our first winner is Sue Milne

Sue was involved over 9 years ago in setting up the Bearsden and Milngavie Fairtrade Towns Group, and then Gavin’s Mill Fairtrade Shop and Café in 2017. She’s set up the online shop to deal with the impact of Covid, she’s walked the West Highland Way in terrible weather to raise funds, she’s mopped up floods in the Mill and painted ceilings 20 feet up. As a Trustee and Board member at Gavin’s Mill, she’s working on plans to add a large mill wheel to generate renewable energy.

Our second winner is Kyle Academy Fairtrade Group

The group has been going for 14 years but they came into their own over the last 2 years. They took their annual Fair Trade events online. They’ve hosted Divine chocolate tasting at home for pupils and their families, there’s been wine tasting for staff at home too and their competition went online too.

 

Fair Trade Volunteer Award

Our winner this year is Fraser Boyd, Robert Douglas Memorial Primary School

Fraser is on his 12th 90kg Rice Challenge at school, with his pupils he supports Scottish Fair Trade businesses including All Things Fair, JTS and Bala Sport. He has parents buying Fairtrade chocolate and the Boys Brigade turning their tuckshop Fairtrade. He’s linked Fair Trade into his school’s Learning for Sustainability plans and much more.

 

Fair Trade Community Award

Our winners are Biggar Primary School

They have been a Fairtrade school since 2009. They work closely with their town’s Fair Trade Steering Group and were instrumental in their town gaining Fairtrade status, they produced and update a Fairtrade guide to shopping in their town, they are involved in Fairtrade Christmas stalls and have Fair Trade artwork in shop windows. They have done a whole lot more within the school and in their community over the years and that’s why they are winners this year.

 

Fair Trade Business Award

Our winner this year is the One World Shop

When forced to close in March 2020 due to the pandemic, it was the first time that the shop had closed for more than a day or two in 38 years! They started in 1983 with a group of volunteers who came together to set up a small trading outlet to help combat poverty in developing countries. With a small team today, they showed huge resilience during the pandemic, moving sales online and taking to social media promotion in order to continue to support their suppliers and producers. They’ve bounced back and for their work as a business and in raising awareness across Edinburgh in schools and churches about the connection between unfair trade and global poverty.

 

Outstanding Achievement Award sponsored by Scotmid

Our winner is St Silas Episcopal Church

They have been a Fairtrade Church since 2005 and they are receiving this award for their dedication to supporting Fair Trade and their significant response to the extra difficulties faced by farmers in Malawi due to Climate Change and the global pandemic. They’ve been selling Fair Trade for 20 years, with the congregation supporting various Scottish suppliers, the Kilombero rice farmers and food banks in Scotland. They promote Fair Trade at the local gala, they’ve held Fashion Shows, art sales, had visits from the local MP, supported local groups and they went online with ‘virtual stalls’ during the pandemic.

 

Climate Partnership Award sponsored by South Lanarkshire Council

Our winner is The Balmore Trust and Grace’s Briquettes Project

Grace Mwanguti is a Kilombero rice farmer in the Karonga District of Northern Malawi. She had an idea for starting a business to turn the waste product from rice milling into a useful fuel for cooking. The availability of this fuel in rural communities will help ease the lives of women rice farmers who for generations have had the back-breaking job of collecting firewood in the hills. It will also help to stop the denudation of the hill slopes, itself a serious environmental and climate emergency issue, which the government made illegal in 2020.

 

Thank you

Thank you to our sponsors, The Energy Agency who sponsor the Fair Trade and Sustainability Award, Scotmid Co-operative who sponsor the Outstanding Achievement Award and South Lanarkshire who sponsor the Climate Partnership Award.

Thank you to our nominators and to all those nominated.

Special thanks to our speakers at the awards ceremony, Jenny Gilruth MSP, Minister for Culture, Europe and International Development; and to  Muniraju Shivanna and Bismark Kpabitey.

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the winners event, including our guests from Malawi, Rwanda and elsewhere.

Congratulations to all our our winners.