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Fairtrade Initiative

Volume 497: debated on Monday 12 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent steps his Department has taken to encourage the use of Fairtrade schemes (a) in the UK and (b) abroad. (292021)

In the UK, we have provided funding to Fairtrade Foundation UK, for projects ranging from development and expansion of Fairtrade certification and markets, to awareness-raising campaigns.

Internationally, we are currently delivering on a £1.2 million commitment to Fairtrade Labelling Organisations International (FLO)—the apex organisation of global Fairtrade—for its work to broaden and deepen Fairtrade’s impact.

On 10 October we announced an additional commitment to FLO of £12 million, over four years. This funding will support their work, together with the Fairtrade Foundation UK and other national labelling organisations, to double the number of producers selling on Fairtrade terms, and triple global retail sales to some £9 billion per annum by 2013.