Council renews Fairtrade Zone status

Aberdeenshire has successfully renewed its Fairtrade Zone status, which was first achieved in 2013.

Fairtrade Zone status is awarded to an area which makes a commitment to support and use products with the Fairtrade mark.

The zone is co-ordinated locally by a steering group made up of Fairtrade activists from across the area.

The group is there to support local organisations, schools and retailers tackle common issues on Fairtrade and to lobby Aberdeenshire Council.

Chair of the local authority’s sustainability sub-committee, Councillor Isobel Davidson, said: “I’m delighted Aberdeenshire has successfully renewed its Fairtrade Zone status, recognising the commitment by local volunteers and sales outlets in having Fairtrade goods for sale throughout the Shire and the Council promoting the use of Fairtrade products in its premises.”

Vicky Allan, a member of the steering group from Mid-Formartine and renewal sponsor, said: “I was delighted to learn Aberdeenshire’s renewal of Fairtrade status was successful.

“It’s good to be able to now find so many places in the shire where Fairtrade products can be bought.

“Together we can make Fairtrade the ‘normal’ way to do things in Aberdeenshire.”

Adam Gardner, communities and campaigns manager at the Fairtrade Foundation, which approved Aberdeenshire’s renewal application, added: “It’s brilliant Aberdeenshire has laid out clear and achievable goals to take Fairtrade further.”

Aberdeenshire’s next renewal is due in two years’ time in April, 2016.