Anneliese and Victoria Groulef, Labour’s candidate for Reading West, today visited the RISC shop and Global Café in Reading to support Fairtrade Fortnight.
RISC has one of the UK's largest Fairtrade and ethical shops, and sells a variety of Fairtrade and ethically sourced products. Anneliese and Victoria were given a tour of RISC, and learnt about the important work that RISC does in promoting Fairtrade.
Anneliese said “I am really pleased to be able to go back to RISC today to celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight, and see once again the fantastic work they do. Fairtrade has already made an enormous difference to communities across the globe, but there is still a long way to go – currently only 1.2% of cocoa and less than 10% of tea is traded fairly. I am delighted that Reading has been recognised as a Fairtrade town, along with over 80 other towns and cities across the South East.”
Victoria said “In Reading we are fortunate to have a place like RISC which is not only a development education centre for schools and community groups but also has a cafe and shop committed to Fairtrade products. Over the past few months I have met with the team at RISC a number of times to chat about the work that they do, particularly engaging children in global development issues. That’s why this Fairtrade Fortnight it is great to be back here with Anneliese Dodds, our MEP.
"Of course, tackling poverty isn’t just about giving aid and government assistance, it is also about increasing trade opportunities and ensuring that producers are paid a fair price for their work. Fairtrade Fortnight reminds us all, that if we can afford it, by making a few small changes to our shopping habits we can make a real difference to producers in the developing world."
Fairtrade fortnight exists to celebrate and raise the profile of Fairtrade food, and the Fairtrade mark, which is one of the best known ethical labels in the UK. The focus for this year is cocoa, tea and sugar, and the Fairtrade Foundation will be looking at the stories behind these everyday products to try and incentivise customers to change their buying habits by showing the impact that buying Fairtrade products has for producers. There are more than 4,500 Fairtrade products available in the UK.