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 Chair is Holly Lynch MP (Labour). The group has more than 150 MPs and Peers on its mailing list and the Fairtrade Foundation acts as secretariat. 

Along with all other all-party Parliamentary groups, the Fairtrade APPG ceases to exist on the dissolution of Parliament on 6th November 2019. We hope to re-constitute the group in the new Parliament, subject to the support of new and returned MPs. Thank you to officers, members and friends for all your support for the work of the Fairtrade APPG in this Parliament.

For further information about the regulations for APPGs, please see the UK Parliament website, or contact the Commons Registrar at CommonsRegistrar@parliament.uk.

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 angharad.hopkinson@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 2018/19

Fairtrade Fortnight 2019

This year’s Fairtrade Fortnight was celebrated with an event in the Churchill Room which brought together parliamentarians with Fairtrade supporters, producers and commercial partners. The Fairtrade Foundation’s new campaign, ‘She Deserves a Living Income’ was profiled with its focus on cocoa supply chains, and guests heard from DFID Minister Lord Bates, Shadow Secretary for International Development, Dan Carden MP, and from Will Quince MP, who was then co-Chair of the APPG. Awa Traoré, who manages CAYAT, a cocoa co-operative in Côte d’Ivoire also spoke at the event, alongside Sarah Wakefield from the Co-op, and pupils from Admiral Nelson Secondary School in Portsmouth. The event was attended by 79 parliamentarians and the APPG intends to follow up on the event theme with further events this year.

Harriett Baldwin MP with Awa Traoré

Harriett Baldwin (MP), DFID and Foreign Office Minister, with Awa Traoré, Director of CAYAT co-operative, at the Fairtrade Fortnight 2019 Parliamentary Reception.

Parliamentary Reception

Holly Lynch (MP) with Fairtrade producers Marcial Quintero, Mahyana Sari, Ketra Kyosiimire and Father John Joseph during Fairtrade Fortnight 2018.

Fairtrade APPG AGM and Roundtable on Brexit, September 2018

The following MPs were elected as Officers at the 2018 AGM:

  • Holly Lynch MP (Lab), co-Chair
  • Will Quince MP (Con), co-Chair (Will has subsequently stepped down due to his Ministerial promotion)
  • Tracy Brabin MP (Lab), Vice-Chair
  • Stephen Doughty MP (Lab), Vice-Chair
  • Kirstene Hair MP (Con), Vice-Chair
  • Gareth Snell MP (Lab), Vice-Chair

The APPG also facilitated a roundtable discussion on Fairtrade and Brexit, and welcomed external contributions from Traidcraft and JZ Flowers.


APPG meeting with Darío Soto Abril, CEO of Fairtrade International, July 2018

The APPG hosted a meeting with the CEO of Fairtrade International who reflected on the global context affecting Fairtrade, including the challenges of climate change and the need for living incomes and wages for producers and workers.

Dario also shared stories of Fairtrade from a Latin American context and took part in a Q&A with APPG members.

Official documents