On 2nd November, Traidcraft campaigners and staff went to 10 Downing Street to hand in the Justice Matters petition to Prime Minister Theresa May.
The petition was signed by an amazing 20,108 people and calls on the government to update the law so that large UK companies can be prosecuted for the most serious cases of causing harm abroad. Through it, we will be able to send a strong message to the government that people in the UK want to see irresponsible British companies answerable through the courts for their actions.
Traidcraft has been running the Justice campaign for more than two years, and campaigners up and down the country have contacted politicians, organised events and collected signatures for the petition. The hand-in at Downing Street marks a real milestone and an important opportunity to encourage the government to look at new legislation to address some of the most serious corporate crimes abroad.
The petition was handed in on a beautiful, sunny autumn day by a small delegation of Traidcraft staff and campaigners. It included the new Chief Executive Robin Roth and Campaigns Manager Mary Milne, as well as Traidcraft campaigners Tricia Urquhart, Nicola Smith and Trevor Dickety.
After the hand-in, Robin sent a special message to the government:
All of us at Traidcraft would like to send a big thank you to everyone who signed the petition, promoted it and collected signatures in their local community. Thanks to you we can send a loud and clear message to the government that Justice Matters!