As the international celebration of fair trade takes place around the world today, London's Green MEP Jean Lambert has urged the UK to really make a difference and buy fair trade goods everyday of the year, not just on World Fair Trade Day.
Today Jean, who has been named MEP for Justice and Human Rights said; "Some of the world's developing countries face falling prices and a continued battle to get a fair price for their goods. They need our help to ensure they are no longer forced to work in unacceptable conditions. Through buying fair trade consumers can be sure that human rights and International Labour Organisation standards have been observed during production. With this support producers will gradually be able to develop their own independence.
"Consumers have got the choice to buy goods that are produced under fair conditions and World Fair Trade Day really demonstrates how accessible these products are. Fair trade goods are readily available through fair trade stores, catalogues, campaign groups and are being introduced to supermarkets but it is still vital that conventional companies stock the goods to ensure that buying fair trade becomes part of everyday life for all and unfairly traded goods become the niche market."
Fair Trade Day started as a European movement of over 2000 world and fair trade shops. Now every second Saturday in May sees member organisations in 70 countries host a variety of events to promote fair trade.
For more information please contact:
Morwenna Holland, Media Officer
tel: 020 7407 6280 or 07813149812
Notes to editors:
Jean Lambert: In October 2005 Jean was named MEP 2005 for Justice and Human Rights. Jean was first elected Green Party Member of the European Parliament for London in the 1999 European elections. She was re-elected in 2004. She is one of nine MEPs representing London and one of two UK Green representatives in the European Parliament.
World Fair Trade Day: Co-ordinated by the International Fair Trade Association
(IFAT) World Fair Trade Day takes place in May 13th 2006. For more information