MACKAY WELCOMES FAIRTRADE STATUS
Local SNP MSP Derek Mackay has welcomed the news that Renfrew has joined Paisley, Bishopton and Lochwinnoch in being awarded Fairtrade status.
On Friday, Fairtrade producer Mrunal Lahankar from the Chetna Organic Farmers Association in India visited Renfrew Town Hall to talk to Fairtrade supporters as part of the Fairtrade Fortnight programme of events.
During this event it was announced that Renfrew had been awarded fairtrade status. Councillor Brian Lawson, Convenor of the Renfrewshire Fairtrade Steering Group and Councillor Bill Perrie, Chair of the Renfrew Fairtrade Group were very happy to be in attendance to welcome Renfrew as the latest Fairtrade town in the county.
Renfrew already has a strong Fairtrade link, with Renfrewshire being named a Fairtrade zone in 2009, Trinity High having being named as Scotland’s first Fairtrade school back in 2004 and with Newmains Primary becoming a Fairtrade school only last year.
Commenting Mr Mackay said;
“I am delighted by the recent news that Renfrew town has achieved Fairtrade status. This is good for the town and recognises the hard work that everyone in the community has put in. I know I enjoyed doing my bit when I was the Fairtrade Steering Group Chair.
“Businesses and individuals need only make small changes to have a positive impact on the wellbeing of some of the world’s poorest people – having Fairtrade status is a great opportunity to focus on this important issue and raise awareness of what we can all do to make a difference.
“The Scottish Government recognises the importance of ensuring a fair deal for producers, which is why the Scottish Fair Trade Forum is funded to drive forward our ambition to achieving Fairtrade Nation status.”
Cllr Perrie also added:
“This is fantastic news for Renfrew. The widespread enthusiasm and energy in the town for Fairtrade is impressive. Our community has worked together to ensure the Fairtrade message is spread throughout our town.”