Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world. We are working towards Dumfries and Galloway being a Fairtrade Zone.
The FAIRTRADE Mark is an independent consumer label you see on a product that meets the international Fairtrade standards. The mark shows a product has been certified to offer a better deal to the farmers and workers involved in production.
Fairtrade zones are towns or regions that have to make a commitment to supporting Fairtrade and using licensed products with the FAIRTRADE Mark.
What we're doing
We agreed our commitment to Dumfries and Galloway becoming a Fairtrade Zone in October 2007. We've developed an action plan on ways that we will meet the criteria to achieve Zone Status.
Our procurement guidelines have also been updated to ensure fairly traded products are part of the product ranges we purchase if they are available.
How you can help
There are several ways for schools, businesses, organisations and individuals to help support and promote Fairtrade. Many individual organisations across our region have already achieved Fairtrade status or are working towards it. This includes schools, faith organisations and social enterprises.
Visit the following websites for general advice: