How’s your Christmas shopping shaping up?

If you’re in need of some inspiration, why not take a look at our list of wonderfully ethical Fairtrade gifts? Not only will they make lovely presents, but they also have a direct impact on farmers’ lives across the world. Now there’s a gift that keeps on giving.

There are gifts such as Cafédirect’s Christmas coffee, hand-crafted Fairtrade gold jewellery, and even a beautiful bouquet from Arena Flowers for that special someone! There’s something for everyone, check out our blog for more ideas.

And that’s not all, Ben & Jerry’s have even brought out a special winter (heart) warmer – Spice and All Things N’ice, made using Fairtrade-certified cocoa and vanilla, of course. For many of the farmers who produce Fairtrade ingredients, climate change is a major challenge and Fairtrade is supporting training that can help them to adapt.

So when you’re thinking about what to buy for your family and friends, remember that there are lots of Fairtrade products out there to make your Christmas as ethical as possible!

We hope something tinsels your fancy!




STARTS SOON. The annual Fairtrade Sale at Bonnyton, Pitmedden. A huge selection of ethical gifts and essentials. Delicious foods and ingredients for every occasion, cards, crafts, gifts and clothing. A wonderful shopping experience.

From Wednesday to Sunday. You will get a warm welcome.

Come and shop for your gifts in the knowledge that all goods are ethically produced and environmentally friendly, benefiting farmers and makers with fair prices.

Launch of the International Fair Trade Charter 2018 and newsletter highlights


Launch of the International Fair Trade Charter

On 25 September, the Scottish Fair Trade Forum united with 250 organisations around the world to launch an International Fair Trade Charter. The Charter sets down the fundamental values of Fair Trade and defines a common vision towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The Charter was initiated by Fairtrade International and the World Fair Trade Organization and leading figures from both networks were in Edinburgh to celebrate its launch. The launch event also received a video message from Anak Norm of Fair Trade business Villageworks in Cambodia. Read more about the launch here.

If you are a member of an organisation, we ask you to urge your organisation to support the Charter:

  • Download the Charter;
  • Download our summary document;
  • Find out what recognition means and how to confirm your recognition.

Regional Networking Sessions

We hosted our first Regional Networking Session in Aberdeen on Saturday 1 September which was attended by supporters from across the Grampian area. The West Coast session will be held in Troon on Thursday 25 October. Register here to secure your place or keep your eye on this page for sessions in your area.

Feedback on the Forum’s Future Plans

Many thanks to all who provided feedback regarding the Forum’s future plans during our AGM and Campaigner Conference on Saturday 8 September. If you did not get a chance to relay ideas on the day, we would still love to hear your input. Specifically, we asked two questions:

  • What new things should the Forum do?
  • What does the Forum do now that it should continue to do?

If you would like to offer some feedback on these questions, please send your ideas to Ross, our new Development Manager.

News from Members and Partners

Fair Trade Scotland Limited invites you to become a supporter of the FIRST 500 – a new initiative bringing Mzuzu coffee (pictured) with the Fairtrade MARK and the WFTO Product label to the UK market. Check out their website for more information.

JTS recently hosted a visit from Webster Kita and Howard Msukwa, Chair and Vice Chair of the Kaporo Smallholder Farmers’ Association (KASFA) in Malawi. The visit marked 10 years of JTS and KASFA’s partnership work. Read more about the visit in this blog.

Date for your diary: Hand Up Events is holding an Ethical and Scottish Christmas Fayre in Dundee from 5 December to 22 December.



Did you know that over 50% of Fairtrade farmers choose to grow their produce organically? By working with nature they protect the environment and themselves from harmful chemicals, and they can improve their livelihoods, as they often get a better price too.

We’re celebrating Organic September with our friends over at the Soil Association by sharing ten of our favourite Fairtrade and organic products over on our blog. With over 1000 available it was really hard to choose!



See our top ten

It includes Divine’s new organic São Tomé dark chocolate range, which comes in a whole host of innovative flavours including ginger and turmeric, lemon, and blueberry and popped quinoa!

Which one will you be trying out this September?



Dear Fair Trade supporter,

On behalf of the Scottish Fair Trade Forum, I invite you to join us at the Scottish Parliament on 25 September to celebrate the launch of the new International Fair Trade Charter.

Event details:
Date: Tuesday 25 September 2018
Time: 13.00 – 14.00
Venue: Committee Room 6, Scottish Parliament
As space is limited, it is best to register early. You can do so here.
(Hosted by Colin Smyth MSP, convener of the Cross-Party Group on Fair Trade)

About the Charter
The International Fair Trade Charter has been agreed by Fairtrade International and the World Fair Trade Organization. It revises and updates the 2009 Charter of Fair Trade Principles. The updating of the Charter provides an opportunity to restate the fundamental values of Fair Trade that unite the diverse range of organisations and networks that make up the global Fair Trade movement. The new Charter seeks to highlight Fair Trade’s longstanding role in addressing challenges such as inequality, gender rights, climate change and other topics of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

As part of the global launch, the Forum is hosting a celebratory event in Edinburgh with Erinch Sahan, Chief Executive of the World Fair Trade Organisation and Mike Gidney, Chief Executive of the Fairtrade Foundation.

The global Fair Trade movement, network and allies will make a public stand on 25 September, uniting behind the true vision behind Fair Trade. To see you there, showing your support, would be a fantastic boost to the movement and towards a fairer world.

Kind regards,
Martin Rhodes
Cheif Executive
Scottish Fair Trade Forum

Volunteer Opportunity in Fairtrade Investment


From the Aberdeenshire Fairtrade Steering group,

We have received the below from the Scottish Fair Trade Foundation – can you help?

‘Sally Seddon from the fair trade investment cooperative, Shared Interest, got in touch to ask for some help in advertising a volunteer opportunity. Shared Interest is looking for volunteers in the Aberdeen area to take on the role of Local Supporter. There is some more information here: https://www.shared-interest.com/gb/vacancies

You can contact Sally if you require more information: sally.seddon’



We are excited to announce that we are launching a new programme, as part of the Year of Young People 2018, to encourage youth-led Fair Trade campaigns in Scotland.

Participation is open to young people aged between 16 and 25 years old. Members will be required to attend meetings and create/assist with the running of campaigns. To help with this the Forum will provide free tea and coffee as well as covering travel and lunch expences. Full details of the Network’s roles are available in the Guidelines.

The programme aims to give young people opportunities to get involved in the Forum’s activities and connect to the wider Fair Trade network in Scotland. The Network provides a fantastic opportunity for young people to build and develop useful skills that will aid them in later life.

We are looking for volunteers that are creative and sociable people to work together in designing and producing ways of championing Fair Trade across the country as part of the global movement.

Those interested in joining the Network should complete this short admin by midnight on Thursday 30 August.*

*Due to the holiday period, the deadline has been extended from 16 July to 30 August 2018*

Application Documents

Application Form