The Fairtrade Foundation is a passionate and ambitious development organisation committed to tackling poverty and injustice through trade. We are best known as the independent, not-for-profit body behind the FAIRTRADE Mark, a product label assuring consumers that their purchase helps disadvantaged farmers and workers in developing countries secure a better deal. The FAIRTRADE Mark is the best known and most trusted ethical mark amongst UK consumers.
The Fairtrade Campaigns
Fairtrade Campaigns work with educational establishments and communities to achieve Fairtrade status aiming at building commitment and support from across their community. The goals include involving all sectors from the local authority to businesses, faith groups and educational establishments for the Communities movement or individual Universities and Schools for the Education movement. The aim is to increase availability of Fairtrade products and raise understanding and awareness of Fairtrade across the community. Many more communities are currently working towards making an application while established campaign groups continue to develop and innovate locally. The campaign in the UK has inspired other countries to start similar national Fairtrade campaigns: 18 different countries continue to watch what’s happening and learn from the grassroots movement in the UK.
Commitment: Ideally you would volunteer for 2-3 days per week in our London office for at least 3 months.
This arrangement is not intended to be legally binding or to create a contract.
Fairtrade Campaigns volunteers play a vital role in supporting this dynamic and diverse movement and volunteering is a great opportunity to learn more about grassroots campaigning while gaining practical experience in report writing, supporter relations and working in a fast-moving office environment. It would suit a student, graduate or any individual with a passion for global justice and an interest in supporting communities across the UK in taking action.
You will be a key point of contact for local groups working towards Fairtrade Town status and established Fairtrade Towns taking their campaign activities forward. Other projects including research and report writing, web development, social media, and attending events will also arise, and can be agreed with the Communities Campaigns Officer or Campaigns Co-ordinator, depending on your interests and the skill sets you wish to develop.
We are also currently preparing for Fairtrade Fortnight, the flagship campaign for the Fairtrade Foundation and the time that Schools, Universities and Communities all over the country hold events, raise awareness and shout about Fairtrade. The campaign will run from 27 February – 12 March and the run-up to this time is an exciting opportunity to get involved with the inner workings of campaign development.
Previous volunteers have gone on to work for other NGOs, in the UK & overseas, self-employment, further study, and a variety of other sectors including Fairtrade organisations.