“We very much hope that this money will reach women-led co-operatives and those involved in Fairtrade, who are breaking new ground and investing back in their community to help eradicate poverty and meet the Global Goals.
“Additional funding for trade facilitation and for a new Commonwealth programme to help developing countries meet international standards is also welcome. However we do feel like this was a missed opportunity to say more about how trade can work for the poorest, how businesses can demonstrate their commitment to labour rights, the eradication of modern slavery and the payment of living wages.
“We are urging leaders not to lose sight of those who are too often exploited in global value chains. Our hope is that the Commonwealth agenda this week will work for all, including the many women, who make the things we love to eat, drink and wear.”