Fair Trade Nation Standards


Wales: The First Fair Trade Nation

In June 2008, Wales became the world’s first Fair Trade Nation, a designation realized after years of campaigning and with the complete support of the Welsh Assembly Government. Today, the Welsh government promotes fair trade through its trade agreements and procurement policies, and all of the nation’s counties and cities have earned Fair Trade designations, as have numerous schools, campuses, faith groups, work places, and other organizations.

Scotland became the world’s second Fair Trade Nation in 2013, and Sweden is presently working toward its designation.

If we want to change the world for the better, we need to lead by example. We want our government to be a global leader in promoting fair trade and sustainability. We want to our government to unite its ambition to become a fair trade leader with the work already being done today. By becoming a Fair Trade Nation, Canada can align its priorities with the 2030 Agenda. The work needs to be broad-based within Canadian Parliament, and it needs to set high targets to show that the government is serious about the issue. We can look to Scotland, Wales and Sweden for inspiration.

By 2020, we want to see the Canadian Parliament commit to making Canada a Fair Trade Nation and support this commitment with legislation. During this process we want to see the federal government work toward the following objectives:

  • Encourage municipalities to become Fair Trade Towns, Universities and Colleges to become Fair Trade Campuses, and Schools to become Fair Trade Schools (see Pillar 1, Focus Area 1)
  • Adopt sustainable federal purchasing to ensure fair trade products are sourced across a range of product areas (see Pillar 4, Policy Priority 1)
  • Direct official development assistance (ODA) spending to fair trade co-ops (see Pillar 4, Policy Priority 2)
  • Lead on labelling, ensuring fairness and impact (Pillar IV, Policy Priority 3).
  • Rethink how Canada negotiates trade agreements. Build social and environmental protections into trade policies (see Pillar 4, Policy Priority 4)