Fairtrade Fortnight 2018(March 02, 2018)
Sir Mark held a successful Fairtrade stall at his offices to raise awareness about the fair-trade movement during Fairtrade Fortnight which is running from 26th February to 11th March 2018.
Fairtrade is a global movement to encourage shoppers to consider switching to buying fairly traded products to ensure fair prices and better working conditions for producers.
Products kindly donated by a local Co-op store included fair trade tea, coffee, sugar, chocolate, flowers and Easter eggs. Around thirty people from the building dropped in to sample products and learn about how making a simple, inexpensive switch to everyday fair trade products can help to lift people in developing countries, out of poverty.
As well as guaranteeing fair prices to producers, fair trade also ensures long-term contracts, good health and safety, education and training, no child labour and care for the environment. In addition to this, extra money is paid to invest in projects that benefit the community.
1.4 billion people in the developing world live in poverty and of those, 300 million children go to bed hungry. There is a strong fair trade presence in the UK, which helps to combat global poverty.
Sir Mark said: ‘As a Co-Operative MP and a member of my local co-op, it is very important to me that, where possible we all do our bit to help people in developing countries earn a fair wage and work in decent conditions. It’s shocking that millions of farmers and workers who produce much of our everyday food products still don’t earn enough to feed their own families.
“I would urge people to look out for the fair-trade logo when they go shopping and consider buying fairtrade to help those food producers earn their way out of poverty.”
There are over 4,500 Fairtrade products including tea, coffee, chocolate, cocoa, bananas, flowers, cotton and environmentally friendly cleaning products.