West Lothian has five Fairtrade Towns: Bathgate, Fauldhouse and The Breich Valley, Linlithgow, Livingston and Whitburn and one Fairtrade Village, Uphall.
Bathgate Fairtrade Town Steering Group promotes Fairtrade in the town.
A certain number of businesses in Bathgate already use or sell Fairtrade products and the Fairtrade Group would like that to grow. There has been a rapid increase in the number and variety of Fairtrade products available since the beginning of Fairtrade - chocolate, coffee and tea were the first - the quality is excellent.
Several churches are getting ready to fill in applications to be Fairtrade, the EU URC, St Columba's Episcopal and Boghall Parish already have Fairtrade Church status. It is hoped that more of the schools will work towards status. Bathgate Academy and Boghall Primary School are already Fairtrade. It is good to see the enthusiasm of children for Fairtrade having learned about it in school and we hope they can educate their parents about the need for Fairtrade.
To become a Fairtrade Town, we had to tackle five goals:
- The local council must pass a resolution supporting Fairtrade.
- A local Fairtrade steering group must be convened.
- A range of Fairtrade products must be available in shops and catering establishments.
- Fairtrade products must be used by a number of local businesses and organisations.
- The steering group must attract media coverage and popular support for the campaign.