Traidcraft was the first UK organisation committed to fighting poverty through fair trade and has been working tirelessly since 1979 on two fronts. The first of these,‘Traidcraft Exchange’, is a charity which identifies opportunities to support disadvantaged farmers and craftspeople in the developing world and helps them facilitate their escape from poverty; this is done through establishing co-operatives to achieve economies of scale, as well as through technical and marketing support.
The second front has been through Traidcraft plc buying and selling produce at a fair price. However due to a very difficult retail background including the drop in the value of the pound and a commitment to pay agreed prices to producers Traidcraft plc is to cease trading in its current form at the end of December. Whether it can continue as a smaller operation is currently under negotiation. We will post more new when as it becomes available.
For the response by Traidcraft Exchange to these circumstances please go to www.traidcraft.org.uk/blog/2018/10/26/our-mission-now-is-about-three-things