Oxfam Hong Kong has urged the government to take the lead in buying more products made under so-called fair-trade principles as part of a global campaign to reduce poverty. The call comes as the findings of a poll by the international charity found up to 78 per cent of consumers in Hong Kong would be willing to buy fair-trade products but only 37 per cent had tried to buy or use them, mainly because they were not easily available. The global fair-trade movement aims to create a level playing field to help the poor, through stabilised wages, prices and profits to producers and workers. Of the 304 people polled in the online survey, more than 40 per cent said they were willing to pay an extra HK$10 or more for fair-trade goods. Critics of laissez-faire trade argue that free trade undermines labour standards, perpetuates low wages and delivers little to anyone but large multinational corporations. Oxfam Hong Kong says there are about 1,300 fair-trade products available worldwide. In Hong Kong, fair-trade products are available in large supermarkets. Oxfam Hong Kong director-general John Sayer said the government could help promote fair trade by buying fair-trade products. 'Consumers support fair trade because they believe in fair-trade quality of the products and in the impact of fair trade on the lives of farmers or producers in general.' The group's campaigns officer, Miranda Yip Pui-wah, said: 'We have visited some supermarkets and in the few where fair-trade products are available, they are usually buried in a pile of other goods.'