Forfar celebrates Fairtrade status

FORFAR Fairtrade Forum’s achievement of Fairtrade status for the town was celebrated at a civic reception hosted by Provost Helen Oswald on Tuesday (last night).

Earlier this year Forfar became the latest Angus town to gain Fairtrade status as communities across the county work towards a fairer world.

Congratulating Forfar Fairtrade Forum the Provost of Angus Helen Oswald said: “The forum deserves recognition for harnessing the support of local businesses, schools, and the wider community to achieve Fairtrade status for the burgh.

“The promotion and support of Fairtrade reminds us that we can all play a role in improving the position of farmers and workers in the developing world, helping them to improve their trading position and have more control over their lives.

“In Angus, Brechin, Montrose and now Forfar have gained Fairtrade status. The council is supporting other burghs as they work towards becoming Fairtrade towns, in the hope that eventually the whole county can become a Fairtrade zone.”

Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world.

By requiring companies to pay sustainable prices (which must never fall lower than the market price), Fairtrade addresses the injustices of conventional trade, which traditionally discriminates against the poorest, weakest producers.