It’s thumbs up for Fair Trade support

Anyone driving into Milngavie gets the Fair Trade message right away.
Anyone driving into Milngavie gets the Fair Trade message right away.

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

Councillors have 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 mplement Fair Trade through procurement processes and those of suppliers - again, where possible.

They will also continue to support the work of East Dunbartonshire Fairtrade 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.”