David Hanson MP has called on the local community in Delyn to choose a shopping list that changes lives by supporting Fairtrade Fortnight from the 23rd February to the 8th March.
Mr Hanson met with Shadow Secretary of State Mary Creagh to support the forthcoming Fairtrade Fortnight and hear about the way Fairtrade is certified on goods and the difference it makes for communities who have produced the products.
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.
David Hanson MP said:
“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 encourage everyone in Flintshire 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.”