Fairtrade All Party Parliamentary Group

The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Fairtrade promotes Fairtrade in Parliament and supports MPs to engage with Fairtrade in their constituencies.

The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Fairtrade was formed in late 2015 and the current co-chairs are Holly Lynch MP (Labour) and Will Quince MP (Conservative). The group has more than 150 MPs and Peers on its mailing list and the Fairtrade Foundation acts as secretariat. 

How to get involved if you're a Member of Parliament or the House of Lords

Contact us by emailing appg@fairtrade.org.uk or helen.dennis@fairtrade.org.uk - we'll give you the details of any upcoming Parliamentary events and any Fairtrade activity in your area.

Follow us on Twitter @FairtradeAPPG for the latest news.

Read our quick and easy guide on how to engage with campaigners in your constituency.

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APPG activities in 2017

APPG Meetings in 2017

Following the 2017 general election, the APPG was reconstituted with new Officers. Holly Lynch MP and Will Quince MP were elected as the group’s co-Chairs and thanks was given to the former co-Chair, Jason McCartney. More than 25 MPs attended the meeting and photo drop-in to show their support for Fairtrade.

In Autumn 2017 there was a meeting between APPG members and Sainsbury’s to discuss their new ‘fairly traded’ tea pilot, and a joint meeting with the APPG on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to explore trade policy post-Brexit.

Fairtrade Fortnight 2017

Will Quice Michael Gidney Holly Lynch Fairtrade Fortnight took place from 27 February – 12 March and we celebrated this with an event in parliament on 28 February 2017. This saw the launch of the Fairtrade Foundation’s ‘Don’t Feed Exploitation’ campaign, with the aim of educating campaigners and consumers about exploitation in supply chains, encouraging people to make more ethical choices when they shop. We were delighted that around 45 MPs attended the parliamentary reception, including the Minister of State for International Development, Rory Stewart MP. Those attending had the opportunity to hear from Tanzanian coffee producer, Leonard Kachebonaho, and to meet young people from Leys School. 

The Fairtrade Foundation also launched a report, Brexit: Let’s Change Trade for Goodexploring the potential impacts of Brexit for farmers and producers in developing countries. The report considered the impact across different countries and commodities including coffee, bananas, sugar and flowers.

Fairtrade Foundation’s reach and impact

  • Sales of Fairtrade amounted to over £1.6 billion in 2015
  • More than 1.65 million farmers and workers in 74 countries are part of the Fairtrade system
  • 9/10 people recognise the FAIRTRADE Mark
  • Over 10,000 community groups engage with and promote Fairtrade in the UK.

Official documents