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Press release

Fair Trade gets a boost from Scottish universities and colleges

To demonstrate its commitment to social justice and sustainability Queen Margaret University is to host an educational conference which encourages the promotion and adoption of Fair Trade products in Scottish educational institutions.

With Fair Trade products accounting for 20 – 50% of all sales in their product categories in certain countries, some educationalists believe that the support of both universities and colleges are now essential to drive forward Fair Trade in Scotland.

The Scottish Fair Trade University and College Higher Education will bring together students, lecturers and support staff from universities and colleges throughout Scotland as well as voluntary sector organisations.

Taking place on Wednesday 9 th March, the event will involve a full day of talks and workshops. A range of Fair Trade stands will also promote and sell a wide selection of Fair Trade products.

Professor Petra Wend, Principal of Queen Margaret University, said: “In our increasingly challenging global marketplace it’s important that education institutions embrace the concept of fairness in international trading. Queen Margaret University’s philosophy focuses on improving quality of life. It’s therefore fitting that QMU uses its own purchasing power responsibly and works with other educational institutions to recognise and respect the dignity and rights of producers in developing countries.”

She continued: “By hosting this Fair Trade conference Queen Margaret University hopes to be a catalyst for positive change in the Scottish education sector. With a range of fascinating speakers we are sure that this event will help equip participants with the skills and enthusiasm to help their own institutions gain Fairtrade status.”

Although hosted by QMU, the conference is organised by the Scottish Fair Trade Forum. The Forum’s Director, Martin Rhodes, explained: “The countdown to Scotland becoming a Fair Trade Nation has begun. It’s a great to see Scotland’s universities and colleges doing their bit to help make Scotland a Fair Trade Nation.”

The Scottish Fair Trade University and College Higher Education conference will take place at Queen Margaret University on Wednesday 9 th March from 9.30am – 4.30pm. The event is free to attend and includes a free lunch. To book your place please contact info@sftf.org.uk

The main sponsor for this event is Scotmid Co-operative. The Scottish Fair Trade Forum, East Lothian Council and Queen Margaret University are also supporting the conference.

ENDS

NOTES TO EDITOR

Talks will include:

Ken Mkangala, a producer of Fairtrade macadamia nuts

  • Fair Trade in the NHS
  • Fair Trade Fashion
  • Fair Trade cotton products for your university or college
  • Fair Trade catering and procurement
  • Tips on how to run a Fair Trade campaign
  • A special ‘Topic Support Network’ held by the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges

For further media information please contact Lynne Russell, Press and PR Officer, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, tel: 0131 474 0000, mob: 07711 011239; email: lrussell@qmu.ac.uk

 

 

 

 

 

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