Feb 21 2013 by John Rowbotham, Hamilton Advertiser
South Lanarkshire has achieved Fairtrade Zone status following its commitment to the principles of the Fairtrade movement.
The news came as a boost to people across the area who have been working with the Scottish Fair Trade Forum, to meet the required criteria.
The Fairtrade movement advocates a fair price to producers in developing countries; no child labour; rights for women; safer working conditions; greater protection for the environment; long-term contracts that allow producers to plan for the future; and a social premium that is often reinvested in projects that help build sustainable community infrastructure, like hospitals, schools and roads.
Councillor Eddie McAvoy, leader of South Lanarkshire Council, was proud of the award and said: “This is a fantastic achievement and reflects the commitment demonstrated by the council, local businesses, local communities and consumers in South Lanarkshire to ensuring a fair deal for the hard-working people in developing countries.
“We are extremely appreciative of all of our Fair Trade groups involved, including Strathaven, Hamilton, Cambuslang, Rutherglen, East Kilbride and Uddingston as well as the large number of local schools and churches throughout South Lanarkshire whose work underpins this success.”
Among other criteria, Fairtrade Zone status recognises that the council have been a consistent supporter of Fairtrade and South Lanarkshire’s Fairtrade towns over many years; a minimum of 63 retailers and catering outlets in South Lanarkshire are selling at least two Fairtrade products (current numbers are 81); Fairtrade products are available through local workplaces, churches and community groups and the area has an active steering group which holds events and attracts coverage in the local media.