About Traidcraft - the home of fair trade!
About Traidcraft: Who are we?
Traidcraft is the original fair trade pioneer in the UK - challenging the norm, fighting injustices and breaking rules for over four decades. We advocate the importance of organic farming, sustainability and transparency to the lives of growers and artisans around the world.
For over four decades, we have led the way in proving that fair trade could work commercially. Over the past 40 years, we pioneered the first fair trade chocolate, coffee, tea, fruit juice, wine, rice, honey, charcoal, rubber, palm oil… Almost everything we know today as fair trade began with Traidcraft.
We buy and sell fair trade. We are one of the leading, dedicated fair trade companies, in the UK and globally. We stock a huge range of ethical and fair trade foods, beverages, household cleaning and rubber products, as well as fair trade crafts and clothing.
Our movement of radical, church-based individuals began by importing goods directly from artisans and growers from over 30 developing countries and distributing them directly to shoppers in the UK, cutting out the middlemen. The team collaborated with the growers and artisans throughout the process, and over time got to know their needs, dreams and ambitions.
They were all partners working together to show trade could be different and fair. Fair trade was no longer about aid - it was a collaborative process of learning and trading simultaneously.
From the church stalls and markets the original team sold through, to independent shops and a website, Traidcraft has continued to grow. In 1992, we co-founded the Fairtrade Foundation, and helped establish the standards that underpin today’s well-recognised Fairtrade Mark. We set up our sister charity – Traidcraft Exchange – in 1986, and the charity has since worked to make sure the UK Government rules against the worst extremes of corporate abuse. Why not take a look at our full story and what’s coming up in the future for Traidcraft?
Changing Lives Through Trade
As much now as we did over 40 years ago, Traidcraft is changing peoples’ lives through trade. We aim to save vanishing, traditional skills from extinction and celebrate a world of creativity and culture, through quality, fair trade products. We bring their goods, from all over the world, to you; offering future-proof, fair trade food and drink, sustainable fashion, home and garden goods and handmade, ethical, fair trade gifts.
What Matters to Us?
While pioneering the future of fair trade, we have the following three key themes very much at the heart of every decision we make.
We are painfully aware that 40 years of fair trade has not done enough to counter the incredible power imbalances in international trade. We are passionate about economic justice and believe that transparency is key in achieving this.
We are actively, noisily passionate about equality across all areas, including: gender, religion, opportunity, regardless of background, heritage, experience or inheritance.
We are increasingly concerned and worried about the killer effects climate change is having on our partners. We will bring people’s attention to the crisis which will be created if we overstep the UN’s ambition to pursue a limit to global warming of 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial levels. See here for more on the choices we make which impact the environment.
We are very mindful of our heritage here at Traidcraft. Being co-founders of the world fair trade movement could either mean a weight on our shoulders to uphold the original vision in all its glory, or a liberating sense of freedom to carry on breaking the normal rules of trade, whenever and wherever we can. We prefer the latter - guarding the flames, not tending the ashes.
SHARE FRAUD WARNING
Share fraud includes scams where investors are called out of the blue and offered shares that often turn out to be worthless or non-existent, or an inflated price for shares they own. These calls come from fraudsters operating in ‘boiler rooms’ that are mostly based abroad. While high profits are promised, those who buy or sell shares in this way usually lose their money.
The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has found most share fraud victims are experienced investors who lose an average of £20,000, with around £200m lost in the UK each year.
If you are offered unsolicited investment advice, discounted shares, a premium price for shares you own, or free company or research reports, you should take these steps before handing over any money:
Get the name of the person and organisation contacting you.
Check the Financial Services Register at http://www.fca.org.uk/ to ensure they are authorised.
Use the details on the FCA Register to contact the firm.
Call the FCA Consumer Helpline on 0800 111 6768 if there are no contact details on the Register or you are told they are out of date.
Search our list of unauthorised firms and individuals to avoid doing business with.
REMEMBER: if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!
If you use an unauthorised firm to buy or sell shares or other investments, you will not have access to the Financial Ombudsman Service or Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) if things go wrong.
REPORT A SCAM
If you are approached about a share scam you should tell the FCA using the share fraud reporting form at http://www.fca.org.uk/ scams, where you can find out about the latest investment scams. You can also call the Consumer Helpline on 0800 111 6768. If you have already paid money to share fraudsters you should contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.