Our mission now is about three things

If you’re reading this blog it’s likely that you care deeply about fairness, justice and using the power of trade to fight poverty. So we want to share some important information with you about our partner business Traidcraft plc and its producers.  

Traidcraft plc is currently investigating a proposal which would mean the organisation is downsized, but transformed into a fair trade business of tomorrow. This restructuring will have an effect on Traidcraft plc’s producers, some of which have supplied the business for many years.

We at Traidcraft Exchange have been working alongside Traidcraft plc producers since our very beginning and are concerned for the future of these small businesses, their employees, and their families. As Traidcraft plc’s sister charity we want to offer support to these producers.  

Our immediate mission now is three-fold:   

1.       To use our expertise in trade to support those Traidcraft plc producers worst affected  

2.        To secure enough support and funds to continue our work this year in helping over 300,000 very poor people get a better deal from trade  

3.       To continue to fight for a world where all trade is fair  

We are urgently considering how we can use our limited charity resources to support craft producers who have relied on sales to Traidcraft plc for their livelihoods.

This situation happened rapidly, so we can’t yet tell you exactly what this support looks like, but it’s likely to involve helping the most vulnerable groups find new buyers for their products, so their businesses can survive into the future.  

To carry out this additional work, and to ensure we have enough funds to continue Traidcraft Exchange’s vital work, this Christmas we will run an appeal asking the public to pledge their support to help us further the mission Traidcraft plc and Traidcraft Exchange have shared for so long.  

Now, more than ever, we need your support.  

If you have supported our mission predominantly through Traidcraft plc before now, we now ask you to pledge your support to Traidcraft Exchange as well – so that together we can continue striving for a better world.   

Thank you for your commitment to making the world a fairer and more just place. You are part of a movement of people dedicated to changing the world, and we can’t thank you enough for all you have done and continue to do.  

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J McNaughton