Who are Paisley Fairtrade Partnership?

Paisley Fairtrade Partnership is a partnership formed between different sectors of the community of Paisley, with the purpose of promoting and monitoring fairtrade in Paisley and surrounding area.  In particular, its purpose is to ensure the criteria for the award of Paisley Fairtrade Town by the Fairtrade Foundation are maintained and improved upon.   The principles of justice and equity are not the prerogative of any one political party, faith group or section of the community.  Paisley Fairtrade Partnership represents a coming together in partnership of a community, in all its diversity, to support and promote these basic principles of justice and equity as worked out in the world-wide system of trade of which Paisley and Renfrewshire are a part.
The sectors of the community represented in Paisley Fairtrade Partnership are: Renfrewshire Council www.renfrewshire.gov.uk, the Business Sector, Trade Unions, Paisley Churches, Schools, Colleges and Paisley University, Health Care, Social Care, Rainbow Turtle (just trading), www.rainbowturtle.org.uk, and other local community groups. 
About a dozen representatives to the Paisley Fairtrade Partnership meet approximately once every 6 weeks, presently in the Offices of Paisley Methodist Church, 7 Gauze Street, Paisley.

Aims of Paisley Fairtrade Partnership

•To monitor the outlet sources for fairtrade products in Paisley to ensure the criteria for the award of Fairtrade Town Status are maintained.

•To improve on the number of outlets for fairtrade products

•To promote fairtrade in Paisley and surrounding area

•To act as an information resource to the public on fairtrade, and on fairtrade in Paisley in particular

•To raise public awareness of the principles and values of fairtrade

•To organise local events that promote fairtrade

•To support campaigning for fairtrade


On 31st August 2003, Paisley was officially awarded Fairtrade Town Status when the Certificate from the Fairtrade Foundation was presented to the Provost of Renfrewshire Council.  The launch of Fairtrade Town Status for Paisley took place with a colourful procession through the centre of town, led by the Provost, council officials and Chairperson and Secretary of Renfrewshire Friends of Fairtrade, and headed by the band, Sheboom.  This was followed by the presentation of the certificate to the Provost in County Square, and Refreshments served by Rainbow Turtle (just trading).

The steering group, Renfrewshire Friends of Fairtrade, which had spear-headed the campaign for the achievement of Fairtrade Town award, was replaced by Paisley Fairtrade Partnership whose inaugural meeting took place in November 2003, widening still further the representation from the community, and with the remit of taking the campaign forward and take on the monitoring function for the maintaining of this award. 

Criteria for Award of Fairtrade Town Status:

The 5 criteria for Fairtrade Town Status are:

1. Local Council passes a resolution supporting Fairtrade, and agrees to serve Fairtrade coffee and tea at its meetings and in its offices and canteens. www.renfrewshire.gov.uk
2. A range of Fairtrade products are readily available in the area’s shops, and served in some local cafes/catering establishments (minimum number proportional to size of town).
3. Fairtrade products are used by some local businesses and organisations (minimum number proportional to size of town).
4. Attract media coverage and popular support for the campaign.
5. A local Fairtrade Partnership representative of the different sectors of the community, including civic, commercial and community sections (including churches) is convened to ensure continued commitment to its Fairtrade Town status.

Paisley Fairtrade Partnership may be contacted by e-mail:

Postal Address:  Paisley Fairtrade Partnership, c/o Methodist Church Office, 7 Gauze Street, Paisley PA1 1EP.

Celebrations on Paisley
being awarded
Fairtrade Town Status
31st August 2003