‘The simple fact is that trade dwarfs aid… making an impact in smallholder agriculture is going to be key to delivering the Global Goal of reducing absolute poverty…we have to make a main effort of enabling the least developed countries to trade fairly with us.’
— Rt Hon Desmond Swayne TD MP, Minister of State, Department for International Development, speaking at our parliamentary panel discussion in November on how the Global Goals for Sustainable Development can deliver for farmers and workers
With the launch of the Global Goals, 2015 was a big year for development. And Desmond was right to highlight the important role fair trade can play in making them a reality.
That’s why we published an international report setting out how Fairtrade can support business to deliver on them. And our Show Your Hand campaign called on campaigners to lobby their MPs on the Government’s approach to the Goals and trade policy. As a result, 10,000 people petitioned David Cameron, and MPs in the International Development Committee took up the call for the UK’s trade policy to be more coherent with the Goals in a major parliamentary report.
In 2015, we continued our policy and advocacy work on market regulation issues and contributed to consultations on the Modern Slavery Act. We now have the opportunity to support our business partners in responding to the act.
Our work influencing policymakers didn’t stop there as we received a boost in political support from a new All-Party Parliamentary Group for Fairtrade, set up by MPs Holly Lynch and Jason McCartney.
Holly summed up the mood: ‘It is exciting to be launching this important new group in Parliament. MPs from across the political spectrum have come together to show their support for Fairtrade and to discuss how we can work together to promote it in the future.’
As a result of our Show your hand campaign, 10,000 people petitioned David Cameron