Angus’ commitment to ensure third world producers get a fair deal has once again been recognised – with the county’s Fairtrade status renewed.
The Fairtrade Foundation, which awarded the status and agreed a further two year renewal, has said it was clear that Fairtrade in Angus was going from strength to strength.
The Foundation was particularly impressed by the Angus Fairtrade Guide, which was launched earlier this year, and is packed with information on the campaign and advice on buying Fairtrade produce in the county.
In a letter to the council, the Foundation added: “It has been a huge pleasure to learn of all that has happened since you were awarded Fairtrade status and please pass on our congratulations and thanks to everyone who has put so much time, energy and creativity into making Fairtrade a part of the area.”
Angus Provost Helen Oswald also paid tribute to the hard work carried out by communities across the county to promote Fairtrade.
“I am proud of the commitment to Fairtrade in Angus, and that this has been recognised once again by the Fairtrade Foundation,” she said.
“The success of Fairtrade across Angus is largely thanks to the commitment of those communities who have worked tirelessly towards ensuring that farmers and producers in developing countries receive a fair deal.
“Across the county, individuals, communities, schools and private businesses have been promoting the positive effect that buying Fairtrade in Angus can make around the world.
“The new signage erected across the county and the Fairtrade Guide, highlight to visitors and residents that we are concerned about others in the developing world, and that Fairtrade products are available across the county.
“They also help boost those local businesses who have signed up to the Fairtrade brand.”
Angus has been at the forefront in promoting Fairtrade for the past decade, encouraging support for Fairtrade through the wider community and local businesses.
Since then, Brechin, Arbroath, Carnoustie, Montrose and Forfar have achieved Fairtrade status, with Kirriemuir Fairtrade Forum currently working towards their submission.
Schools and local business have also been proactive in supporting the Fairtrade message.
Recently the work being done to promote Fairtrade was highlighted with new signage at county boundaries, and on A-class roads entering Brechin, Arbroath, Carnoustie, Forfar and Montrose.
The Fairtrade guide, which was produced by Scotmid Co-operative, is available at premises across Angus including libraries, ACCESS Offices and retailers. For more information visit www.angus.gov.uk/sustainability/fairtrade.htm