The Fairtrade Foundation welcomed the news that Mark Price, former Managing Director of Waitrose, is to be appointed as the new Trade and Investment minister.
The Fairtrade Foundation welcomed the news that Mark Price is to be appointed as the new Trade and Investment minister at both the Foreign and Commonwealth office and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. Michael Gidney, CEO of Fairtrade Foundation said;
“We welcome this announcement. Mark Price will bring a wealth of experience and credibility to the role from his time in the retail sector. His championing of Fairtrade products and practices and fair treatment of suppliers in his time at Waitrose showed great foresight and sent a strong signal to industry about the value of taking a long term sustainable business approach. His keen interest in farming, demonstrated on his visit to coffee smallholders in Rwanda, will stand him in good stead as he helps shape the future of the UK’s global trading relationships."
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