Volunteer with us

A list of current volunteering roles at the Fairtrade Foundation.

  • Campaigns Volunteer

    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.

    Role description:

    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.

     

  • Intranet Volunteer

    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.

    Commitment:  We are flexible but would like someone to either see this as a concentrated project to be done almost full time for a short period of time, or for someone to volunteer 1-3 days a week over 2 months.

     

    This arrangement is not intended to be legally binding or to create a contract.

     

    Role description: 

    We have recently built a new intranet and are looking for somebody to come in to populate content, increase usage and roll out across the organisation. We would like someone to see this as a project to get our intranet up, running and integrated into the Foundation’s mentality as the first port of call for inter-team and internal communications.

  • Supporter Services Volunteer

    Are you ready to help change the world?! To be part of a dynamic volunteer team during our biggest campaign of the year? Then read on…

    The Fairtrade Foundation is a rapidly growing organisation which licenses the consumer label the FAIRTRADE Mark in the UK to products that meet international standards of Fairtrade. Our unique independent guarantee is helping producers in the Global South and consumers in the North to challenge conventional trading systems that condemn millions to poverty and hardship.

    The Foundation would not be as effective in its aims without the help of our dedicated team of office volunteers. The same is true of our thousands of grass roots supporters and campaigners across the UK, who regularly put on events, lobby their local food outlets and MP’s, or just tell their friends about Fairtrade. Their activity is particularly focussed on our main annual campaign, Fairtrade Fortnight which runs from 27 February - 12 March 2017. The aim of the Supporter Services team is to assist our supporters in the 2 months before Fairtrade Fortnight by responding to their queries about any aspect of Fairtrade Fortnight, processing materials orders for their events, and signing them up for newsletters or e-bulletins.  Contact us now if you’re interested in helping us make Fairtrade bigger and better!

    Commitment:  Ideally we would like to have a volunteer for two to three days per week at least to the end of Fairtrade Fortnight, 12 March 2017.

     This arrangement is not intended to be legally binding or to create a contract.