The Fairtrade APPG is currently paused pending the forthcoming AGM. 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 is currently co-chaired by Holly Lynch MP (Labour) and Jason McCartney MP (Conservative). The group has more than 150 MPs and Peers on its mailing list and the Fairtrade Foundation acts as secretariat.
The APPG for Fairtrade held its inaugural meeting on 28th January 2020 during which it elected new and returning officers. The APPG currently has the following officers:
- Holly Lynch MP, Labour (co-chair)
- Jason McCartney, Conservative (co-chair)
- Huw Merriman MP, Conservative (vice-chair)
- Fleur Anderson MP, Labour (vice-chair)
- Kim Johnson MP, Labour (vice-chair)
- Lisa Cameron MP, SNP (vice-chair)
- Catherine McKinnel MP, Labour (vice-chair)
- Stephen Doughty, Labour and Co-operative (vice-chair)
- Caroline Lucas MP, Green (officer)
- Seema Malhotra MP, Labour (officer)
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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), DFID and Foreign Office Minister, with Awa Traoré, Director of CAYAT co-operative, at the Fairtrade Fortnight 2019 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.