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LABOUR’S EMILY BROTHERS CALLS ON LOCAL SHOPPERS AND BUSINESSES TO BUY FAIRTRADE

SATURDAY 7 MARCH 2015

 

Photo – Emily at FairTrade Stall in Sutton’s St Nicholas Centre

Photo – Emily at FairTrade Stall in Sutton’s St Nicholas Centre


This Fairtrade Fortnight (23 February to 8 March 2015), Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Sutton and Cheam, Emily Brothers is calling on shoppers and businesses in Sutton 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.
Emily Brothers visited the Co-operative Stall today in Sutton’s St Nicholas Centre to mark Fairtrade Fortnight. Ms Brothers 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 hope that people in Sutton will choose to play their part and opt for fair trade products whenever they are able.”
Mary Creagh, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for International Development 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.”

Visit www.fairtrade.org.uk/fortnight to see how Fairtrade is changing lives and how to get involved.

   

 

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