What is the Fair Trade Pledge?

Fair Trade has always been an important part of challenging global inequality and poverty. The climate crisis, the impact of Covid and the cost of living all exacerbate these inequalities, making Fair Trade more essential than ever before.

The Fair Trade pledge is a way for MSPs to show their support for all actions which improve the livelihood of farmers and workers who produce many of the products which we consume everyday. This also involves supporting a fair economy and committing to tackle the climate emergency.

Out of 129 elected MSPs elected, 65 have signed the Fair Trade pledge, with 16 MSPs recommitting their support or pledging support for the first time at a recent Scottish Parliament event to mark Scotland’s 10 years as a Fair Trade Nation. We would like to see more of our MSPs engage with the Fair Trade principles, and build a greater awareness of the importance of Fair Trade within the Scottish Parliament, especially during this 10thanniversary year.

How do I get involved?

Campaigners

If you are a campaigner, you can find your local MSPs by entering your postcode here.

You can also find out whether or not your MSPs have signed the pledge by reviewing the list at the bottom of this page. If your MSPs have already signed the pledge, consider thanking them for this show of support. If your MSPs are yet to sign the pledge, please encourage them to pledge their support.

Below is a draft email which you could send to your MSPs:

Dear (insert name)

I am a Fair Trade supporter and a constituent in your region. I am writing to you to ask you to consider signing the Fair Trade pledge and, in your time as a MSP, commit to supporting all actions which will improve the livelihood of farmers and workers who produce many of the products which we consume everyday. Details of the pledge are below:

During my time in post as an MSP, I will:

  1. Take actions to promote Scotland’s Fair Trade Nation status
  2. Listen to the voices of producers in global supply chains, support actions to build back a fairer economy and tackle the climate emergency
  3. Support measures to increase the public procurement of Fair Trade products

MSPs who would like to show support, please email the Scottish Fair Trade Forum at pledge@sftf.org.uk stating:

a) your name,
b) your constituency/region,
c) your political party if you have one.

The Scottish Fair Trade Forum can then add you to the list of signatories and send you graphics for showing your support on your social media. Or you can take a photo of yourself signing the pledge (all MSPs received a pledge poster to sign following the event held in the Scottish Parliament on 24 May 2023) and email it to us at pledge@sftf.org.uk for us to post to social media, or post on social media and tag @FairTradeNation.

 

Pledge Signatories

Browse the list to find your candidate

Candidate name Constituency/Region Party Pledge date
Michael Marra MSP North East Scotland Scottish Labour Party 17/07/2023
Stephanie Callaghan MSP Uddingston and Bellshill Scottish National Party 28/07/2023
Pam Gosal MSP West Scotland Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party 14/07/2023
Shona Robison MSP Dundee City East Constituency Scottish National Party 14/07/2023
Joe FitzPatrick MSP Dundee City West Constituency Scottish National Party 11/07/2023
Michelle Thomson MSP Falkirk East Scottish National Party 12/06/2023
Ruth Maguire MSP Cunninghame South Scottish National Party 24/05/2023
Paul O’Kane MSP West Scotland Scottish Labour 24/05/2023
Christina McKelvie MSP Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse Scottish National Party 24/05/2023
Bob Doris MSP Glasgow Maryhill and Springburn Scottish National Party 02/06/2023
Patrick Harvie MSP Glasgow Scottish Green Party 07/07/2022
Fiona Hyslop MSP Linlithgow Scottish National Party 05/07/2022
John Mason MSP Glasgow Shettleston Scottish National Party 25/06/2022
Alasdair Allan MSP Na h-Eileanan an Iar Scottish National Party 23/06/2022
Stuart McMillan MSP Greenock and Inverclyde Scottish National Party 22/06/2022
Douglas Ross MSP Highlands & Islands Scottish Conservative & Unionist Party 17/06/2022
Elena Whitham MSP Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley Scottish National Party 17/06/2022
Mercedes Villalba MSP North East Scotland Scottish Labour Party 15/06/2022
Brian Whittle MSP South of Scotland Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party 15/06/2022
Daniel Johnson MSP Edinburgh Southern Scottish Labour 09/06/2022
Ariane Burgess MSP Highlands and Islands Scottish Green Party 09/06/2022
Paul Sweeney MSP Glasgow Scottish Labour & Co-operative Party 09/06/2022
Paul McLennan MSP East Lothian Scottish National Party 09/06/2022
Meghan Gallacher MSP Central Scotland Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party 08/06/2022
Alexander Burnett MSP Aberdeenshire West Scottish Conservative & Unionist Party 08/06/2022
Jenni Minto MSP Argyll & Bute Scottish National Party 07/06/2022
Kaukab Stewart MSP Glasgow Kelvin Scottish National Party 07/06/2022
Collette Stevenson MSP East Kilbride Scottish National Party 07/06/2022
Evelyn Tweed MSP Stirling Scottish National Party 07/06/2022
Jackie Baillie MSP Dumbarton Scottish Labour Party 11/04/2022
Neil Gray MSP Airdrie and Shotts Scottish National Party 16/03/2022
Gillian Mackay MSP Central Scotland Scottish Green Party 16/03/2022
Ross Greer MSP West Scotland Scottish Green Party 16/03/2022
Màiri McAllan MSP Clydesdale Scottish National Party 28/02/2022
Willie Coffey MSP Kilmarnock & Irvine Valley Scottish National Party 03/03/2022
Liz Smith MSP Mid Scotland and Fife Scottish Conservative and Unionist 10/01/2022
Alexander Stewart MSP Mid Scotland and Fife Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party 10/01/2022
Liam McArthur MSP Orkney Islands Scottish Liberal Democrats 06/12/2021
Clare Adamson MSP Motherwell and Wishaw Scottish National Party 13/12/2021
Sharon Dowey MSP South Scotland Scottish Conservative Party 07/10/2021
Alex Rowley MSP Mid Scotland and Fife Scottish Labour Party 05/10/2021
Rhoda Grant MSP Highlands and Islands Scottish Labour Party 30/09/2021
Murdo Fraser MSP Mid-Scotland and Fife Scottish Conservative Party 30/09/2021
Martin Whitfield MSP South Scotland Scottish Labour Party 29/09/2021
Carol Mochan MSP South Scotland Scottish Labour Party 29/09/2021
Gordon MacDonald MSP Edinburgh Pentlands Scottish National Party 22/09/2021
Foysol Choudhury MSP Lothian Region Scottish Labour Party 13/09/2021
Annabelle Ewing MSP Mid Scotland and Fife Scottish National Party 08/09/2021
Monica Lennon MSP Central Scotland Scottish Labour Party 08/09/2021
Stephen Kerr MSP Central Scotland Scottish Conservatives 08/09/2021
Jim Fairlie MSP Perthshire South and Kinross-shire Scottish National Party 27/08/2021
Willie Rennie MSP North East Fife Scottish Liberal Democrats 13/04/2021
Nicola Sturgeon MSP Glasgow Southside Scottish National Party 19/04/2021
Pam Duncan-Glancy MSP Glasgow Scottish Labour Party 21/04/2021
Maggie Chapman MSP North East Scotland Scottish Green Party 21/04/2021
Rona Mackay MSP Strathkelvin and Bearsden Scottish National Party 26/04/2021
Anas Sarwar MSP Glasgow Scottish Labour Party 26/04/2021
Mark Ruskell MSP Mid Scotland and Fife Scottish Green Party 26/04/2021
Katy Clark MSP West of Scotland Scottish Labour Party 26/04/2021
Kenneth J Gibson MSP Cunninghame North Scottish National Party 07/05/2021
Sarah Boyack MSP Lothian Region Scottish Labour Party 04/05/2021
Neil Bibby MSP West of Scotland Scottish Labour Party 04/05/2021
Colin Smyth MSP South Scotland Region Scottish Labour Party 04/05/2021
Mark Griffin MSP Central Scotland Scottish Labour Party 04/05/2021
Claire Baker MSP Mid Scotland and Fife Scottish Labour Party 04/05/2021