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Fair Trade Nation Criteria Used in 2006 for Wales by activistnotes
July 16, 2008, 9:14 am
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[The Wales Fair Trade Nation campaign built on a strong Fair Trade Towns campaign in which there was already a lot of local organizing happening. Besides the relatively small size of the country, Wales was able to pursue Fair Trade Nation status because they are not legally bound to any trade agreements (Canada is, the UK is, most countries are, of course). So, the Welsh government was able to pursue not only procurement of Fair Trade Certified products but also other fair trading practices without violating of any trade agreements or the unfair trade rules set by elites in the World Trade Organization without approval of or input by or even real accountability to the citizens of the world. So, no, we won’t be seeing a Fair Trade UK or Fair Trade Europe or Fair Trade world next, as the naive enthusiasm of the following short article hopes – that is, unless current trade agreements around the world are re-written, the WTO is dissolved or pretty much changes its ideology and practices completely, and monkeys fly out of my butt. …Posted by Ian Hussey. Thanks to Jacqui MacDonald, Sini Maury and Reykia Fick for info and input. The opinions expressed herein are my own.] 
Could all nations be fair trade like Wales?
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This month Wales announced that it had become the world’s first fair trade nation. So what’s next — a fair trade United Kingdom, a fair trade Europe, or even a fair trade world?
For Wales to become a fair trade nation, it set up criteria (and then met them) with the help of the Fairtrade Foundation and charities such as Oxfam and Christian Aid. This included doing things like having Fairtrade campaign groups in 55 per cent of towns, using and promoting Fairtrade products like coffee, tea and biscuits in the meetings and offices of the Welsh Assembly and promoting Fairtrade awareness in faith groups and schools around Wales.  
To expand this achievement to a bigger country would be a challenge, but not impossible, according to Andy Wilson, fair trade development officer from the Wales Fair Trade Forum. “In Wales we had and still have more than 1,000 grass-roots activists pressuring shops and councils to stock Fairtrade products,” he says. “It’s also about the government getting involved and the Welsh Assembly has been very supportive, so whichever country wanted to follow our lead would need a lot of support.”
Fair trade success could be translated to a larger scale but perhaps the easiest way for a nation to achieve Fairtrade status is through its citizens changing their buying behaviour. “Once people see the Fairtrade Mark as a sign of quality rather than a brand itself, then buying products that are approved will become second nature,” explains Andy. “For example, the chocolate producers in Ghana have the capacity to make every chocolate bar Fairtrade certified if the demand is out there — consumers have the power to make that happen.”
Scotland is already on its way to becoming a fair trade nation and the Wales Fair Trade Forum — set up specifically to help Wales become a fair trade nation — has had calls from as far away as the Middle East expressing interest in following its lead. You never know, the whole world might some day copy Wales’ example.

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Thanks to Sini Maury of Oxfam Fair Trade for this…The criteria were developed by the Welsh Assembly Government, the Scottish parliament, the Wales Fair Trade Forum (who say they are “helping third world producers” ; mind you, FLO International’s slogan is “fairtrade guarantees a better deal for third world producers” so I guess we shouldn’t be surprised, ugh) and the Scottish Forum. An independent panel made up of representatives from Oxfam, IFAT, Traidcraft, Christian Aid, etc assessed the evidence and gave their support. It wasn’t the responsibility of the Fairtrade Foundation to give out the title. …posted by Ian Hussey

Fair Trade Nation Status – Criteria


  1. To increase awareness of Fair Trade and surrounding issues
  2. To increase the sale of Fair Trade products
  3. To contribute to greater trade justice

4.      To engender a meaningful commitment to Fair Trade from Parliament and executive bodies


1.   Measurable Countrywide Criteria




Target for Wales

100% of counties / local authorities have active Fairtrade groups working towards Fairtrade status


55% counties / local authorities with Fairtrade status with 10% increase year on year until 100% is reached.



100% of cities have Fairtrade status


Minimum 55% of towns have active Fairtrade groups working towards Fairtrade status


60% of FE & HE institutions to have active Fairtrade groups working towards Fairtrade status


Increasing by 5% every year the number of people who know about Fair Trade to 75%.


75% of people to buy a Fair Trade product every year


40% of people regularly buy Fair Trade products



2.   National Assembly / Parliament

·        Annual statement of opinion in support of Fair Trade

·        Use and promote Fairtrade products internally including Fairtrade tea / coffee / sugar / biscuits at all meetings

·        Ensure Fairtrade available at all catering outlets

·        Actively promote Fairtrade fortnight each year

3.   Government / Executive Resolution (WAG)

·        Use and promote Fairtrade products internally including Fairtrade tea / coffee / sugar / biscuits at all meetings

·        Ensure Fairtrade available at all catering outlets

·        Actively promote Fairtrade fortnight each year

·        Annual public report on progress of Fair Trade country campaign

·        Actively support the promotion and development of Fair Trade including:

o       Seek to develop pro fair trade public sector procurement guidance and promote fair trade public sector procurement wherever possible.

o       Promote Fair Trade in schools through the curriculum, procurement and any other means possible


·        Promote Fair Trade at an international level and through international trade agreements where appropriate.

·        Acknowledge the role of Fair Trade in economic development policies


4.   Other Desirable Objectives

These are targets which are not easily measurable but which should also be promoted and where possible measured as part of the Fair Trade Country campaign.


·        Resolutions in support, and pledge to use and promote Fair Trade from major faith groups across the country

·        Schools across the country to sign Fair Trade pledge or become Fair Trade Schools and pledge to promote and use Fair Trade products internally

(To be measured asap)

·        Trade unions to support and pledge to use and promote Fair Trade internally and to members

·        Resolutions of support from Chambers of Commerce or business networks to include pledge to use and promote Fair Trade

·        Resolutions in support, with pledge to use and promote Fair Trade from youth organisations across the country

·        Voluntary organisations resolve to use and promote Fair Trade internally

·        National Festivals

·        A good number of BAFTS or World shops

·        A good number of Fairtrade or BAFTS suppliers

·        75% of all school children in the country to have access to Fairtrade or locally sourced fruit at school


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