Fair trade gets the thumbs up from local councillors

Lenzie Fairtrade Town Status.

Lenzie Fairtrade Town Status.

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East Dunbartonshire’s appetite to keep Fair Trade on the menu has been reaffirmed with a ringing vote of confidence.

Councillors recently voted unanimously in favour of a new resolution supporting Fair Trade locally.

They have pledged to offer Fair Trade goods wherever possible, when catering for council meetings and functions, and implement Fair Trade through procurement processes and those of suppliers – again, where possible.

They will also continue to support the work of East Dunbartonshire Fair Trade steering group, promote Fair Trade issues among local firms and other organisations, and work to boost the profile of ethical trading in a variety of different ways.

Council leader Councillor Rhondda Geekie said: “I am very pleased we were able to give unanimous backing to the Fair Trade resolution – reaffirming our commitment to the cause and updating the last resolution passed in December 2004.

“I would like to commend the many individuals, retailers, workplaces, churches, nurseries, schools and local community groups who work tirelessly in support of Fair Trade – helping to make a direct difference to people’s lives around the world.

“In particular I would like to highlight the inspirational work carried out by The Balmore Trust over so many years.

“The Coach House facility – which is due to close in the New Year – has been a Fair Trade beacon for decades.

“I wish Chairman John Riches and his team all the very best for the future.”

The council works closely with East Dunbartonshire Fair Trade Steering Group, as well as Fairtrade Town groups in Lenzie, Bearsden and Milngavie.

Co-convenor of the East Dunbartonshire Fair Trade Steering Group, Angela Oakley, said: “We are delighted at this renewed commitment of support by the council, which has been exemplary since the group was started in 2005, and look forward to seeing an expansion of the authority’s ethical and sustainable purchasing.

“This will have a positive impact on the lives of many workers who endure difficult working conditions - addressing environmental concerns and issues of unsustainability in supply chains.

“This will also help East Dunbartonshire remain a Fairtrade Zone.

“The area is one of the longest in Scotland to hold the status continually – dating back to 2007.”