The APPG for Fairtrade promotes Fairtrade in Parliament and supports MPs to engage with Fairtrade in their constituencies.
The All Party Group for Fairtrade was formed in late 2015, with initial members from Labour, Conservative, SNP, Liberal Democrat and SDLP parties. The co-chairs are Jason McCartney MP (Conservative) and Holly Lynch MP (Labour). The Fairtrade Foundation acts as secretariat. The group aims to support the work of Fairtrade in Parliament and the work of MPs with Fairtrade in their constituencies.
How to get involved if you're a Member of Parliament or the House of Lords
Contact us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org - we'll give you the details of any upcoming Parliamentary events and any Fairtrade activity in your area.
Follow us on Twitter @FairtradeAPPG for the latest news.
Read our quick and easy guide on how to engage with campaigners in your constituency:
Activities in 2016
Fairtrade Fortnight 2016
An informal drop-in event was held to celebrate the commencement of Fairtrade Fortnight, the Fairtrade Foundation’s flagship annual campaign. The campaign aimed to tell the story of food insecurity and asked the British public to ‘sit down for breakfast and stand up for farmers’. The event was opened by the Rt Hon Desmond Swayne TD MP and was attended by approximately 40 MPs from across most parties.
Fairtrade producers Julio Mercado Cantillo (banana farmer, Colombia) and Patrick Muthaura Kaberia (tea farmer, Kenya) spoke about the difference that Fairtrade had made to their lives and those in the community. Julio said “before Fairtrade, the earnings from the farm were not enough to support my extended family and we often thought of selling the farm to bigger producers. With the Fairtrade Premium, food security and the quality of life in general have improved for my wife, children, grandchildren and siblings.”
Fairtrade Foundation’s CEO Michael Gidney chaired a briefing of the 2016-2020 strategy Fairtrade Can, I Can. The strategy is split into four areas: focus on impact, make Fairtrade personal, improve and innovate and strengthen our organisation.
At our AGM this year we connected MPs with their campaigner constituents to show Fairtrade’s relevance to the communities of the UK as well as the Global South. Campaigners from Scotland, the East and West Midlands, London, Yorkshire and Lancashire shared their experiences of Fairtrade and how they bring it to life in their communities.
Fairtrade Foundation’s reach and impact
Fairtrade Fortnight 2017
- Sales of Fairtrade amounted to over £1.6 billion in 2015
- More than 1.65 million farmers and workers in 74 countries are part of the Fairtrade system
- 9/10 people recognise the FAIRTRADE Mark
- Over 10,000 community groups engage with and promote Fairtrade in the UK.
Another celebratory event will be held in Parliament involving Fairtrade producers, Parliamentarians and campaigners to mark the beginning of Fairtrade Fortnight. In 2017 the theme is 'put Fairtrade in your break', encouraging the UK public to think about where their favourite products come from and to be conscious consumers, not unwittingly perpetuating exploitative supply chains.