Montrose group championing Fair Trade for 15 years

Montrose Fairtrade Forum (MFF) is continuing to raise awareness of the movement in the town and district after more than a decade after its designation as a Fairtrade town.

Mark Dowie
Sunday, 18th June 2023, 7:00am
Montrose group championing Fair Trade for 15 years

The dedicated group of volunteers recently held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) at which the significant impact of choosing fair trade products in promoting sustainable and ethical practices was highlighted.

Montrose became Angus’s first Fairtrade town in 2008, with Montrose Academy the first Fairtrade school in the county, and has been actively championing fair trade since, thanks to the efforts of the MFF.

The group's aim is to educate and engage the local community in the benefits of fair trade, while encouraging individuals to join them as volunteers.

The meeting welcomed guest speaker Charles Sim, chairperson of the Scottish Fair Trade Forum, who delivered an inspiring talk on the hidden benefits of opting for Fair Trade products.

He also shared stories about representing Scottish Fairtrade at the King’s Coronation, showcasing the far-reaching impact of advocacy.

A diverse audience gathered to learn and support the movement. Attendees enjoyed complimentary Fairtrade chocolate, drinks, and homemade goodies.

Mr Sim expressed his enthusiasm for the event and Montrose Fairtrade Forum's continuing work.

He said: "It is inspiring to see the Montrose community promoting Fair Trade. The Forum's efforts have empowered others to make ethical choices that positively impact the lives of farmers and workers around the world. Montrose is setting an example for other communities to follow."

Montrose Fairtrade Forum continues to be supported by Scotmid, which places great importance on ethical practices, sustainability and supporting local communities. Their stores ensure access to ethically-sourced products that adhere to Fair Trade principles. It also helps to promote Fair Trade awareness and education.

Information about MFForum, is available by emailing Pam Robinson

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