In 2004 Aberdeen became the first Fairtrade city in Scotland. Every two years since then, the Fairtrade steering group is required to show the commitments the city continues to make to maintain the award.
What is required?
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To achieve Fairtrade status a city must continue to take action on the five goals set by the Fairtrade Foundation. These are:
Local council passes a resolution supporting Fairtrade and agrees to serve Fairtrade products
A range of Fairtrade products are readily available in the area’s shops and served in local cafés, restaurants and pubs
Local workplaces and community organisations support Fairtrade and use Fairtrade products wherever possible
Media coverage and events raise awareness and understanding of Fairtrade across the community.
A local Fairtrade steering group is convened to ensure the campaign continues to develop and gain new support.