Kirrie to be Fairtrade town?

KIRRIEMUIR is the only Angus burgh which isn’t a Fairtrade town.

The town’s potential status of Fairtrade was discussed at the Kirrie Community Council meeting last Wednesday when the Rev. Malcolm Rooney held a presentation on Traidcraft.

In order for Kirrie to be able to obtain the status of a Fairtrade town, there are five goals in which it must stick to for a 12-month period.

Firstly, a range of Fairtrade products should be readily available in the area’s retail outlets, and should also be served and be available in the local restaurants and eating establishments.

Secondly, local workplaces and community organisations such as schools and churches should support Fairtrade and use the products wherever possible.

Thirdly, the town should hold events to raise both awareness and understanding of Fairtrade across the community.

And finally, a local Fairtrade steering group should be created to ensure the Fairtrade Town campaign continues to develop and gain new support.

These goals must be met for a place to become a Fairtrade town and they are in place to ensure as many people as possible are able to get involved as a Fairtrade Town needs everyone to play their part, from the local authorities to cafes, businesses to schools, local newspapers and community groups.

Once the steering group in Kirriemuir believes that the five goals have been met, an application must be submitted to the Fairtrade Foundation and if all the goals have been met, a signed and dated certificate will be presented to the people of the town.

Once a local community declares its status as a Fairtrade town it must be committed to continue campaigning and raising awareness.

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

The Fairtrade Foundation has licensed over 3,000 Fairtrade certified products which are for sale through retail and catering outlets.