Supply Chain Volunteer

We have an exciting opportunity for a volunteer to work closely within a central part of the Fairtrade Foundation's business, contributing towards the development of the UK Fairtrade movement. The role in the Supply Chain team is to support account research, new business development, marketing material and commodity account strategies.

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.

This role is within the Impact Directorate in which there are four sub-teams: Supply Chain Management, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning, Policy/Advocacy and Programme Partnerships.  The Impact Directorate is responsible for working with many stakeholders across the value chain and within market sectors to deliver positive change for farmers, workers and communities. We do this through developing strategies to tackle the challenges in producing countries and throughout the supply chain.

The Supply Chain Volunteer will experience a variety of different roles during their time at the Fairtrade Foundation to support priority workstreams. This volunteer position is an exciting opportunity to work closely within a central part of the Fairtrade Foundation's business to contribute towards the development of the UK Fairtrade movement.

Commitment To be discussed. Ideally we would like to have a volunteer for at least 3 days per week for 3-6 months.

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

Reports to: Senior Supply Chain Manager

Role description: Volunteering in the Supply Chain team to support account research, new business development, marketing material and commodity account strategies.

Tasks may include:

  • Researching business sustainability strategies, industry best-practice and potential Fairtrade partnership opportunities
  • Disseminating news updates and learning documents regarding sustainability practices
  • Collating overviews of press and media activity about key commodities
  • Preparing complex information in simple, practical formats
  • Producing specialised content for commercial partners such as case studies, producer profiles, PowerPoint slide decks, infographics
  • Preparing responses for support to business contacts, including traders, FMCG companies and independent retailers
  • Supporting the team to become more efficient e.g. by mapping contacts within Producer Networks
  • Support with project management tasks, including review of proposals, drafting of templates and preparing relevant documents based on information provided
  • Supporting the team’s social media channels where relevant

Skills required:

  • An interest in developing new solutions and exploring new ways of working
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Good research skills
  • An ability to consider various stakeholder perspectives, interests and objectives
  • A creative mind, with the ability to think outside of the box and share innovative ideas
  • Competence in IT and general office skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work independently as well as within a small team
  • An understanding of (and sympathy with) the aims and objectives of Fairtrade and of the Foundation's operating environment as an NGO working with companies

Desirable (not essential):

  • Experience of working with FMCG businesses and/or knowledge of the FMCG industry
  • Previous research experience
  • Knowledge and experience of developing and executing business strategies

What will you have learned / achieved by the end of this assignment?

  • An understanding of how Fairtrade communicates to operators
  • Knowledge of the charity sector and commercial offerings provided to business
  • An understanding of how charities partner with business and Fairtrade’s approach
  • An appreciation of corporate partnership building between NGOs and private companies
  • An understanding of how companies market their ethical credentials
  • Experience of researching and communicating with companies and operators within the charity sector
  • Strengthened research skills
  • Experience of working within a cross-functional team, co-ordinating work across multiple areas
  • Impact on a core work stream for a UK-wide charity organisation and supporting a long term strategy

What are the hours?

Flexible, but normally 10.00am-4.00pm Monday to Friday. Ideally 3 days a week for 3-6 months.


Unless otherwise stated, positions are based at the Fairtrade Foundation's offices at 5.7 The Loom, 14 Gower's Walk, London E1 8PY

Do I get expenses?

We refund travel expenses (maximum £15 per day, preferably off peak) on production of a receipt or ticket and actual expenses incurred for lunch to the value of £5 on production of receipts, if volunteering for more than four hours a day or over the lunch period.

We regret that we are unable to assist non-UK residents who are planning to volunteer during a short stay in the UK with visa applications, finding accommodation etc.

The Fairtrade Foundation is committed to equal opportunities and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.


To apply, please send a completed volunteer application form to by Wednesday, 13 November 2019.