Friday, 13 February 2015

Supporting Fairtrade Fortnight

This Fairtrade Fortnight (23rd February - 8th March), [MP/PPC] is an opportunity to remind ourselves of the importance of Fairtrade and to choose a shopping list that changes lives.

Fairtrade products have been produced by small-scale farmer organisations or plantations that meet Fairtrade social, economic and environmental standards. The standards include protection of workers’ rights and the environment, payment of the Fairtrade Minimum Price and an additional Fairtrade Premium to invest in business or community projects.

You can visit to see how Fairtrade is changing lives in those areas and to get involved in Haslingden and Hyndburn.

Tackling poverty isn’t just about giving aid and Government assistance, it is about increasing trade opportunities and ensuring that producers are paid a fair price for their work. Fairtrade Fortnight reminds us all that by making a few small changes to our shopping habits we can make a real difference to producers in the developing world. I hope that people in Haslingden and Hyndburn. will choose to play their part and opt for fair trade products whenever they can.

Mary Creagh, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for International Development speaking at the start of Fairtrade Fortnight said:

“The UK should be proud that even in these challenging economic times we are choosing to spend more on fair trade products. It is a testament to the British values of social justice that last year we spent over £1.5bn on fair trade products, allowing producers in the developing world to invest in their businesses and local communities.”