East Dunbartonshire has been named as a Fairtrade Zone for the fifth time – meaning the area will hold the accolade for ten consecutive years.
After guaranteeing the honour until 2017, the Fairtrade Foundation praised the efforts of the East Dunbartonshire Fair Trade Steering Group and heralded the “excellent” continuing relationship with the council.
The group is actively engaged with retailers, workplaces, churches, nurseries, schools and other groups in local communities.
There was praise for the variety of local events and initiatives which have taken place in recent years.
There was also a flurry of activity during Fairtrade Fortnight in February.
Talks were arranged at Craighead Primary School, in Milton of Campsie, and Holy Family Primary, in Lenzie, involving Pamela L’Intelligent, a textile worker from Mauritius.
Pupils at Craighead wore Fairtrade Cotton schoolwear from Koolskools, supplied by ethical textile company Craft Aid in Mauritius.
Basilio Almonte from Conacado, a cocoa co-operative in the Dominican Republic, recently visited local Fair Trade campaigners in Cadder Parish South Hall in Bishopbriggs – to describe the massive impact Fairtrade cocoa makes to farmers and their communities in his home country.