British Association For Fair Trade Shops
30 years of One World Shop Edinburgh
Another of our BAFTS' shops is celebrating an anniversary of longevity soon: One World Shop In Edinburgh will be 30 years old soon. Well done One World Shop! Please see the shortened Press Release from Rachel Farey, Business Manager, below.
FAIR TRADE SHOP CELEBRATES 30 YEARS IN EDINBURGH
Edinburgh's first fair trade enterprise celebrates its 30th birthday this week. The One World Shop, based under St John's Church at the West End, is celebrating 30 years of fair trade in Edinburgh by designing and commissioning a bespoke jute bag from one of the original suppliers to the shop; Action Bag of Bangladesh.
The pioneering fair trade shop, which was set up by a group of volunteers has helped over 7 million people to be lifted out of poverty in the last 30 years. During the last three decades fair trade has become mainstream with the introduction of the Fairtrade mark, Fairtrade Fortnight and Scotland's new found status as a Fair Trade Nation. Although all the main supermarkets now stock items like coffee, tea, chocolate and bananas, the One World Shop remains one of only a few specialist fair trade shops in Edinburgh supplying a wide range of handmade crafts, jewellery, textiles and stationery.
Rachel Farey, Business Manager at the One World Shop said:
"We'd like to thank all our customers over the past three decades for supporting the shop and the producers in the developing world that we source our goods from. We'd like to encourage all of you to pop into the shop before Christmas to help us continue our fair trade work into the future."
Despite recent difficulties to traders with the closure of traffic in the West End, the One World Shop remains a thriving social enterprise that is supported by 25 volunteers a year in Edinburgh. For more information please contact:
Fifteen Years of BAFTS' shop Fair Do's/ Siopa Teg
Fair Do's: 15 years of Fair Trade – and big plans for the future
Fair Do’s / Siopa Teg CIC is celebrating 15 years since it first opened its doors on Llandaff Road in Canton, Cardiff.
When Fair Do’s opened in 1998 it was the only shop in Cardiff to be devoted exclusively to fairly traded products. It was also the capital’s first member of the British Association of Fair Trade Shops.
Since then Cardiff has been declared the first fair trade capital city in the world, and Wales became the first fair trade nation in the world. Fair Do’s has supported both Fair Trade Cardiff and Fair Trade Wales, who have raised the profile of fair trade across the nation.
Jan Tucker, the founder and Executive Director of Fair Do’s, is grateful to all the people who have supported the shop in the past 15 years.
She says, “All the people who have bought fair trade products from us in the past 15 years have made a huge difference to lives of farmers and artisans in the developing world.
“We have been fortunate to have had dozens of visitors from many of those communities as well – including coffee growers from South America, banana farmers from the Caribbean, and jewellery makers from East Africa. All our visitors have told us how fair trade has made a huge difference to them, their families and their communities.
“ On their behalf we would like to thank our loyal customers, our dedicated volunteers, and the committed representatives who between them run hundreds of sale and return events every year in South Wales and beyond.”
Fair Do’s also believes in being part of the local community as well. It has strong links with schools, faith groups, and charitable organisations throughout the area. It is also a local collection point for Cardiff Foodbank.
As a shop, it is also changing the way it works, having recently become a Community Interest Company (CIC) with a commitment to reinvesting in the promotion of fair trade.
“Becoming a CIC is an important step in our journey,” says Jan. “It means we can work in a different way and offer better support to schools and other groups wanting to learn more about fair trade. Thanks to a recent grant, we are able to employ a temporary part time worker to provide direct support to schools that are working towards fairtrade status, and to support those schools that have gained this status"
“We have also developed our website to offer online ordering for the first time, especially of products that are exclusive to our shop.
“1998 was a good year in Cardiff for social enterprises. The Riverside Community Market Association (RCMA) also began in November that year, and we value the opportunities we have had to work with them.”
Fair Do’s is open at 10 Llandaff Road Tuesday-Saturday every week from 10am-5pm. There was also a Christmas shopping evening on Tuesday 3 December from 5pm-8pm, including fairtrade refreshments which went very well.
BAFTS' supplier gets 100% Ethical Rating
We are delighted at pass on the news that one of our BAFTS' members, Myakka, has been awarded a top Ethical Company Index (ECI) score of 100% for their fairly-traded furniture. The Ethical Company Organisation prepares in-depth research for The Ethical Shopping Guide, the latest copy of which is now available.
Here is a copy of their Press release, which dovetails extremely well with the start of our first ever BAFTS' week (21-28th September).
Myakka is celebrating success with an impressive top ranking in the latest furniture research completed by The Ethical Company Organisation. The research rates companies according to their commitment to the environment, animals and people and within the furniture sector, research also looks specifically at Rainforest Timber and wood sourcing policies of each of the companies.
Specialist fair-trade furniture retailer, Myakka received a top Ethical Company Index (ECI) score of 100 in the latest research, ahead of large high-street retailers such as Homebase, John Lewis and B&Q.
William Sankey, Research Director from The Ethical Company Organisation said “We hope this latest batch of research will enable more ethical consumers to source their goods from the most responsible players in the furniture business. We particularly commend Myakka for their strong ethical performance.”
Myakka has been awarded the Ethical Accreditation for their corporate social responsibility since 2009 and earned their place in the Good Shopping Guide also. This leading directory provides detailed information on everything from banks to butter, washing machines to jeans to help consumers make informed decisions on shopping with a clear conscience.
Simon Whitehead, Founding Director of Myakka said “We are delighted to have received such a high ranking in the latest research. Consumers are becoming more aware of the sourcing of products and The Ethical Company Organisation provides clear guidance and external verification which is invaluable to consumers.”
Established in 1999, Myakka offers fair trade furniture and home accessories to customers across the UK through their mail order catalogue and ecommerce website. The company has been members of BAFTS (The British Association for Fair Trade Shops and Suppliers) since 2006 and source the majority of their exclusive lines directly from manufacturers in India, Thailand and Indonesia.
In response to consumer awareness, this week also sees the launch of the inaugural BAFTS Campaign Week. Running from 21-28 September, the event is designed to raise awareness of over 150 BAFTS members selling fair trade products across the UK.
Siiren and BAFTS membership
BAFTS would like to point out that Siiren has not been refused membership of BAFTS. They were members until December 2011 and due to administrative and communication difficulties have not submitted a renewal form for 2012 or 2013. Their continued use of the BAFTS logo on their website is an oversight. As of September 2013 Siiren is currently in the process of re-applying for BAFTS membership.