Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

Why Fairtrade can help CHOGM build a true common wealth

Thursday 19 April 2018

Why Fairtrade can help CHOGM leaders build a true common wealth

Increasing trade between Commonwealth nations can lead to shared prosperity – but only if five key issues are prioritised.

This is the message from Fairtrade Australia & New Zealand as leaders from 53 nations gather in London for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.

CHOGM leaders represent 2.4 billion people – a third of the global population – including some of the world’s fastest growing economies.

Fairtrade has issued an open letter to these leaders, including Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, which calls on Commonwealth nations to prioritise five issues:

Support women’s economic empowerment, including measures to promote women’s leadership, access to finance and asset ownership
Commit to living incomes and living wages across the Commonwealth
Combat modern slavery across the Commonwealth, including legislation where appropriate
Develop trade policies guided by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Invest in producers and provide incentives for businesses who are actively seeking to achieve higher ethical and sustainable standards, including Fairtrade.

"Trade between Commonwealth countries is expected to surpass $16 billion by 2020 – but increased trade and growth does not necessarily lead to shared prosperity,” says Molly Harriss Olson, Chief Executive Officer of Fairtrade Australia & New Zealand.

“Too many people in the Commonwealth are paid exploitatively-low wages, and modern slavery and child labour remain the reality in many supply chains, from food to fashion.

“The theme of CHOGM’s summit this year, ‘towards a common future’ underscores prosperity, fairness, sustainability and security. A new agenda – one built on fairness and shared value – can support the Commonwealth’s vision.”

Fairtrade is active in 29 Commonwealth countries and supports more than 1.6 million smallholder farmers and agricultural workers. Some of the world’s largest consumer markets for Fairtrade are also Commonwealth nations, including the United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand and Australia.

“Fairtrade is making a real difference in the lives of some of the world’s most marginalised people, but much more remains to be done,” Ms Harriss Olson adds.

“By unlocking the power of trade, the Commonwealth can end poverty and human rights abuses, address structural inequalities, and realise the true meaning of a ‘common wealth’.”

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Science Advisors: Stopping Family Violence – The Evidence

A new report “Every 4 minutes: A discussion paper on preventing family violence in New Zealand” by Justice sector Chief Science Advisor, Dr Ian Lambie, discusses the evidence and asks us, as a community, to get involved...

Dr Lambie says family violence is widespread and goes on behind closed doors in all suburbs, affects the childhoods of many New Zealanders, and disturbs adult and family relationships. More>>

 

Conflicts, Inadequacies: IPCA Finds Police Investigation Flawed

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that a Police investigation into inappropriate contact between a teacher and a student in Gisborne in 2014 was deficient in several respects. More>>

ALSO:

PM's Press Conference Multimedia: Grace Millane, ACC Levy Hold, Absent Execs

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern began her Monday post-cabinet press conference with an emotional comment on the murder of English backpacker Grace Millane. More>>

ALSO:

Child Poverty Monitor: Food Poverty Due To Inadequate Income, Housing Cost

The latest Child Poverty Monitor released today by the Office of the Children’s Commissioner reveals alarming facts about children suffering the impacts of family income inadequacy, says Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG). More>>

ALSO:

Open Government: Proactively Release Of Ministerial Diaries

All Government Ministers will for the first time release details of their internal and external meetings, Minister for State Services (Open Government) Chris Hipkins announced today. More>>

ALSO:

Billion Trees: Questions Over Shanes Jones Carbon Claims

“Officials estimate the actual value of the One Billion Trees (OBT) scheme will be just a third of the amount Mr Jones claimed, at about $900 million, and that he padded the number by including $800 million of ETS benefits and $1 billion of business-as-usual activity..." More>>

'Sovereignty Concerns': Plans To Sign UN Migration Pact

New Zealand is likely going to sign up to a United Nations migration pact this week as long as it can iron out a concern around sovereignty. More>>

ALSO:

Most Vulnerable Face Most Risk: Sea Level Rise Threatens Major Infrastructure

The burden of sea-level rise will weigh on the most vulnerable unless a new approach is developed and legislated, a new report says. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels