17th April 2018

Scottish Fair Trade Forum April Newsletter

 

Fair Trade Nation Lecture 2018

 

 

Fairtrade: enabling sustainable, quality coffee from small-holder value chains

 

Date: Monday 30th April, 6pm

Venue: Lecture Theatre 1, Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee

 

This year, we are delighted to welcome Ewan Reid, Director of Coffee at Glasgow-based, Matthew Algie, <https://scottishfairtradeforum.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=8e244cea8abeb68734b6b4d00&id=b0c1201590&e=e0dcc527ce> one of the UK's leading coffee roasters specialising in sustainable sourcing. With a 20-year Fairtrade heritage starting with the UK's first Fairtrade espresso in 1997, today nearly 90% of the company's sourcing is Fairtrade. Matthew Algie supplies coffee to the cafe and hospitality sector including Marks & Spencer coffee shops and around 2,500 independent coffee shops, bars and restaurants.

 

Ewan has worked for the company since joining as a graduate in 1993 and joined the Board in 2002. With a background in food science, he oversees a variety of business areas including roastery operations, quality assurance, green coffee supply chain, R&D and sustainability. A frequent visitor to Matthew Algie’s supply chain partner co-operatives in producing countries, he is also a member of Fairtrade International’s Coffee Advisory Council.

 

At the Fair Trade Nation Lecture, Ewan will provide an overview of why Matthew Algie choose to use Fairtrade coffee. He will also explore the Fairtrade coffee market and the challenges and opportunities of the Fairtrade coffee system.

 

The lecture will start at 18:00 and will be followed by Q&A / discussion. Tea and Coffee will be served from 17:30pm. There will be drinks and refreshments afterwards.

 

This is a FREE event. All are welcome but please do register for a ticket on Eventbrite here. <https://scottishfairtradeforum.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=8e244cea8abeb68734b6b4d00&id=c808d3a9ab&e=e0dcc527ce>

 

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Fairtrade Fortnight highlights from around Scotland

 

 

Fairtrade Fortnight was celebrated right across Scotland including many informative and fun events in schools, colleges, businesses and other organisations who are interested in supporting and learning about Fair Trade. You can read about some of the events which took place across Scotland here <https://scottishfairtradeforum.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=8e244cea8abeb68734b6b4d00&id=bcb506d445&e=e0dcc527ce> .

 

We will also shortly be compiling our Local Fair Trade Activity report for 2017 - 2018. It would be great to hear about all the events you have been a part of over the last year for us to include in this. You can tell us about these events by emailing communities@sftf.org.uk and can read last years report here <https://scottishfairtradeforum.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=8e244cea8abeb68734b6b4d00&id=4daa202382&e=e0dcc527ce> for some ideas on what we would include.

 

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We're recruiting for an Administrative Assistant

 

 

The Forum is looking for a part-time Administrative Assistant to provide office support for the Forum's work.

 

Information about the role and details of how to apply are available here <https://scottishfairtradeforum.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=8e244cea8abeb68734b6b4d00&id=0b2100e17c&e=e0dcc527ce> .

 

Completed applications, together with a covering letter should be submitted by 5pm on Tuesday 1 May to recruitment@sftf.org.uk

 

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World Fair Trade Day #LiveFair

 

 

World Fair Trade Day is an initiative run by the WFTO that takes place on the 12th May 2018. The theme of this years World Fair Trade Day is 'Live Fair, one product at a time'.

 

The message of #LiveFair is to encourage consumers to live fairly by purchasing Fair Trade products one at a time.

 

You can get involved in World Fair Trade Day by:

 

1. Joining the social media campaign <https://scottishfairtradeforum.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=8e244cea8abeb68734b6b4d00&id=d342bec1bb&e=e0dcc527ce> - you can use social media to create #LiveFair selfies, photos and videos

 

2. Organise your own #FairTradeDay event - you can get some ideas for events here <https://scottishfairtradeforum.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=8e244cea8abeb68734b6b4d00&id=00af39773c&e=e0dcc527ce>

 

3. Submit your #LiveFair photos to info@wfto.com <https://scottishfairtradeforum.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=8e244cea8abeb68734b6b4d00&id=63bc918141&e=e0dcc527ce>

 

More information and resources for World Fair Trade Day 2018 are available on the WFTO website. <https://scottishfairtradeforum.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=8e244cea8abeb68734b6b4d00&id=61ab8ee47b&e=e0dcc527ce>

 

 

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Fashion Revolution Week

23rd - 29th April 2018

 

 

On the 5th anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory collapse, which killed 1,138 people and injured many more in 2013, Fashion Revolution Week encourages people to ask brands #whomademyclothes and demand greater transparency in the fashion supply chain.

 

You can find out how to get involved on the Fashion Revolution website <https://scottishfairtradeforum.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=8e244cea8abeb68734b6b4d00&id=6da9e026c8&e=e0dcc527ce> .

 

 

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National Campaigner Committee

 

 

The Fairtrade Foundation's National Campaigner Committee met in January. A summary of what was discussed is below:

 

Update on Sainsbury’s

2017 activities recap, including meeting with Sainsbury’s in December. Sainsbury’s are in discussion with FTI and there will be a pause in campaigning until outcome of discussions is known.

 

Traidcraft new product launch

The new ‘Eat your hat’ coffee and chocolate products were discussed. Concern was expressed that the FT Mark is on the back of the chocolate wrapper and NCC will write to Traidcraft for clarification.

 

Campaign plans 2018

Ft towns and churches renewal focuses on making renewal process easier and goals clearer. FT towns online renewal to start in February with September formal launch.

FT schools work focusing on contacting schools not currently registered and those registered but with no engagement for some time. Revised universities and colleges FT status to be piloted starting in April with a launch in June.

FT supporters team focusing on public fundraising work, GDPR data compliance and Brexit. Working with other NGOs to lobby and influence MPs as the Trade and Customs Bill goes through Parliament. Supporters will be encouraged to contact their MPs and to lobby at the various stages.

 

Regional conferences

Ideas for improving attendance and involvement at regional conferences in 2018 discussed. There will be no national supporters conference this year.

 

Public fundraising

Update on public fundraising and short-term goal to raise £20K from FT Fortnight appeal. Founding members of the FT Foundation are supportive of this development.

 

Tracy Mitchell (who is a member of the Lenzie Fair Trade group and East Dunbartonshire Fair Trade group) is the NCC representative for Scotland and she can be contacted here <https://scottishfairtradeforum.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=8e244cea8abeb68734b6b4d00&id=652cf37f73&e=e0dcc527ce> .

 

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Members News: Fair Trade Scotland

 

 

A message from Fair Trade Scotland:

 

We first met Bernard Kaunda, from Mzuzu Coffee Planters Cooperative Union, when he visited Scotland at Trade Connections - a trade air and seminar that was held at Glasgow's SECC on November 1st, 2006, which aimed to increase trade between Scotland and Malawi.

 

At the time we had a Fair Trade shop in Greenock, called Fayre Trade, and after sampling Bernard's coffee which was grown, roasted and packaged in Malawi, in its distinctive gold package, we just knew that we had to retail it. We subsequently discovered that this was not available in the UK< as only the green bean was being exported.

 

Fast forward 12 years, during which time we had closed the shop but started Fair Trade Scotland as a WFTO Fair Trade importer, and Mzuzu Coffee had become FLO certified in 2009. Bernard, now acting CEO and his colleague Christopher were invited back to Scotland by the Scotland Malawi Partnership and the Scottish Fair Trade Forum to celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight 2018. You can see Bernard's announcement at the Edinburgh Fairtrade event on March 11th 2018 here <https://scottishfairtradeforum.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=8e244cea8abeb68734b6b4d00&id=8a842d04f6&e=e0dcc527ce> .

 

With impeccable timing, Fair Trade Scotland has now been announced as the 174th WFTO Fair Trade Guaranteed member, which has allowed us to take this next step in our journey to bring value added products to the market through this route. We will be using the WFTO Guaranteed Fair Trade label on the packaging - along with the FAIRTRADE Mark - both marks certifying and verifying that the 10 WFTO principles are adhered to in the entire supply chain.

 

The FINE criteria states that Fair Trade is a trading partnership, based on dialogue, transparency and respect that seeks greater equity in international trade. It contributes to sustainable development by offering better trading conditions to, and securing the rights of, marginalised producers and workers - especially in the South.

 

Bernard Kaunda, said that since coming to Scotland in 2006 it has always been their hope to sell the finished product, not just the exported green bean (which is roasted and packaged by suppliers of coffee in the UK) which will give a greater share of the final consumer price to the producers.

 

We have started the process to make this a reality, but we now need a commitment from 500 people willing to 'buy into' the venture, paying a price that reflects the true cost of an audited Fair Trade supply chain.

 

The commitment to purchase a 250g bag of MZUZU Gold Standard coffee, whilst building capacity at the producer's pace, will see a 'speciality' product enter the market to complement the many varieties of exported 'green bean' coffee currently on sale.

 

As we are in the early stages, we are looking for those willing to join ourselves and Bernard on the journey and a 'note of interest' would be welcome. When we reach our target of 500 we will send out a FIRST 500 email giving a complete breakdown of costs - which will include postage and packaging and the final purchase price.

 

There will be regular updates by email and we hope to have the final label for the packaging - complete with logos - for a launch on World Fair Trade Day 11th May 2018.

 

If you are interested please email eve.broadis@fairtradescotland.co.uk with FIRST 500 in the subject line.

 

 

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Members News: Hadeel

 

 

Hadeel Vacancy

 

Palestinian Fair Trade Shop, Hadeel, are recruiting for a Co-ordinator and Business Manager. More details and information about how to apply can be found here <https://scottishfairtradeforum.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=8e244cea8abeb68734b6b4d00&id=ede53f4a0e&e=e0dcc527ce>

 

 

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A message from Orbis Expeditions

 

 

Orbis Expeditions is a specialist expedition company working in Educational, Experiential and Philanthropic travel in Malawi.

 

You can find out more about their trips to Malawi here <https://scottishfairtradeforum.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=8e244cea8abeb68734b6b4d00&id=ea161edcbe&e=e0dcc527ce> .


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