Due to changes made to the official Scottish Parliament website at the start of 2011, our parser that used to fetch their web pages and convert them into more structured information has stopped working. We’re afraid we cannot give a timescale as to when we will be able to cover the Scottish Parliament again. Sorry for any inconvenience caused.
John Swinney (Scottish National Party)
Guidance on fair trade and procurement was issued by the Scottish Government to local authorities and the wider public sector in October 2009 as part of the Scottish Sustainable Procurement Action Plan. The advice explains the scope for encouraging and supporting fair trade products in public procurement whilst still complying with procurement legislation.
Support for fair trade is one of the key elements of the Scottish Government’s international development policy. As such, the Scottish Government provides core funding to the Scottish Fair Trade Forum to drive forward the campaign to make Scotland a fair trade nation and encourages the use of fair trade products, such as those covered by the Fairtrade scheme. Fairtrade or ethically traded products (including tea, coffee, sugar, juice and snacks) are available in all of the staff restaurants across the Scottish Government estate. In addition, Fairtrade tea, coffee and sugar are used as standard hospitality for meetings.