One World Shop

One World Shop

The shop was started in 1982 by George Shand, a Traidcraft representative who believed passionately in justice in trade with Third World countries. George approached St John’s Church, an Episcopal Church in the heart of Edinburgh City centre who agreed to let him run a fair trade stall on the premises. On 2nd Nov 1982 the Traidcraft stall began trading in the small “quiet room” in the undercroft beside the Cornerstone Coffeehouse. Profits went to the Cornerstone and the Peace and Justice Centre which operated nearby.

After that successful first Christmas the Church agreed to let George continue to operate his stall and on 17 Jan 1983 the “One World International Shop” started. It was technically owned by one person: George Shand.

On 18th October 1985 the shop became a limited company with charitable status called One World Shop Ltd. It was run by a Management Committee drawn from the many individuals who supported the shop. It was at this time that the appeal for new premises began. On 31 Dec 1985 the final details were sorted out for the sale of the shop from George, the sole trader to the company. A new larger site for the shop was agreed on by the church in the derelict arches at the end of the terrace. A generous loan to finance the new shop development enabled contracts to go out to transform the building into the present shop.

On 27 Jan 1986 the One World Café opened, taking over from the Cornerstone Coffeehouse. OWS Ltd was now involved in running both shop and café. In Feb 1986 workmen began on the new shop development under the arches. The first day of trading in the new shop was on 17th November 1986. Turnover increased by 50%.

On 5 Feb 1988 the One World Café registered as a workers co-operative and became a separate business.

On 12 Sep 2002, the One World Shop in Glasgow opened for trading.


Fair Trade is a partnership between producers and consumers which ensures producers receive good working conditions and fair prices.

Fair Trade principles include:

Paying fair prices to the producers which reflect the true cost of production – world market prices often do not cover even the cost of the raw materials
Supporting the producer organisation in their social development projects – many provide health and education facilities
Promoting the empowerment of women
Advising on product development to increase access to markets
Encouraging environmental responsibility
Committing to long term relationships to provide stability and security
Campaigning to highlight the unequal system of World Trade

One World Shop
St. John’s Church
Princes Street
Edinburgh EH2 4BJ

Tel: 0131 229 4541
Fax: 0131 221 0284


One World Shop
100 Byres Road
Glasgow G12 8TB

Tel: 0141 357 1567
Fax: 0141 339 2577