Overseas Trade: Ethics

International Development written question – answered at on 31 January 2011.

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Photo of Rushanara Ali Rushanara Ali Shadow Minister (International Development)

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps he is taking to encourage fair and ethical trade.

Photo of Stephen O'Brien Stephen O'Brien The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for International Development

The Department for International Development (DFID) is committed to encouraging fair and ethical trade as a means to encourage responsible business practices in least developed countries. DFID has committed £12 million over 2010-11 to 2013-14 to support the co-ordinated global expansion of Fairtrade, which aims to double the number of producers benefiting, particularly in the poorest countries and conflict affected regions, by the end of 2013. The UK Government also work in partnership with the Ethical Trade Initiative (ETI) and launched the Responsible and Accountable Garments Sector (RAGS) Challenge Fund in 2010, which aim to improve the working conditions of the poor within global supply chains.

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