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Aberdeen Fairtrade Scheme launched
A city-wide Fairtrade pledge scheme has been launched in Aberdeen to encourage businesses, workplaces and community groups to outline their commitment to Fairtrade.
Grampian Fire and Rescue Service was the first to sign up to the scheme, which provides certification to local Fairtrade supporters.
The pledge scheme will provide recognition and certification for the many workplaces, retailers, catering establishments and community organisations supporting Fairtrade in Aberdeen. It acknowledges the important role this work plays in ensuring that farmers and workers in developing countries get a fair deal for their products.
The scheme has been launched as part of Fairtrade Fortnight and coincides with Scotland achieving Fair Trade Nation status, becoming the second nation to achieve the status after Wales.
To take part businesses and organisations simply need complete a short online form. Providing or selling Fairtrade products, promoting Fairtrade to staff or displaying Fairtrade promotional material are just some of the ways that city businesses and organisation can participate in the pledge scheme.
Aberdeen has been a Fairtrade City since 2004, an award made to the "people of Aberdeen" for commitment to Fairtrade which is awarded by the Fairtrade Foundation. Renewal of this status is required every two years and the pledge scheme recognises the support from city businesses, schools, organisations and individuals that has been crucial in achieving and maintaining Aberdeen's Fairtrade City status.
To find out more about how to make a pledge email firstname.lastname@example.org