The Australian Greens have put their support behind the Fair Trade Fortnight (2-17 May), encouraging Australians to take part in events occurring around the country.
"Fair trade enables consumers to make an ethical choice when purchasing products, enabling even the simplest of transactions to have huge, global impact," said Australian Greens industrial rights spokesperson Senator Rachel Siewert.
"The movement advocates the payment of a ‘fair price' as well as social and environmental standards in areas related to the production of a wide variety of goods."
"Above all else, by purchasing fair trade products in Australia, we can guarantee that those basic working conditions we take for granted at home are in place in developing economies," said Senator Siewert.
"The fair trade movement means that producers across the world can have a better life - the life they deserve. It means they can send their kids to school, invest in infrastructure for their communities and access better health care and living conditions," said Australian Greens human rights spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young.
Fair trade enables the very real possibility of a better deal for producers in the developing world through;
- Improved working and living conditions
- Investment in local businesses and community development
- A fair and stable price for their product
- Support in education and training in the global economy
- Environmentally sustainable and sympathetic farming practices
"The Greens Senators will be hosting a ‘Fair Trade Coffee Break' as part of Fair Trade Fortnight, and encourage other workplaces to do the same," concluded Senator Hanson-Young.
For more information or media enquiries on the Greens' statement please call Tim Norton on 0418 401 180