Door of 10 Downing Street

Time to get down to business

May 28, 2015 - Sachin Shah, Campaigns Officer

The dust has settled after the general election and the new cabinet is getting down to work. It’s now vital that our campaign gets noticed by the government ministers that have the power to make a real difference.

Two years ago, the government published a National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights, and they promised to review it this year. We know that the review is already in train - and it's a perfect opportunity to push for justice for victims to be at the heart of the revised Action Plan.

The National Action Plan review is being led by civil servants from the Foreign Office and the Department of Business, with input from the Ministry of Justice. So we're targeting these three ministers:

  • Philip Hammond, Foreign Secretary
  • Sajid Javid, Secretary of State for Business
  • Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Justice

We've already been in touch with them to explain why this issue is so important and what steps they can take.

But now we need the help of Traidcraft supporters, customers, fairtraders and friends to keep up the pressure on them to act.

Here are three ways you can help: 

1) If you've got a minute, send an email to all three ministers: By emailing them directly, they can hear from you why you think that justice should be at the heart of the review.   It won't take long and we’ve produced a draft email for you to use.

2) If you've got a little longer, write a letter to your MP: Ministers have to reply to MPs who are writing on behalf of a constituent so this is a great way to bring the issue to the ministers' attention. We’ve created a guide to help you write to your MP.

3) If you've got an afternoon, come with us to visit the departments on 2 July: We’ll be leading a delegation of campaigners to visit all three departments on the afternoon of 2 July, calling for justice for people in developing countries who have been harmed by UK companies. Can you join us? Email to let us know.

And finally...
We are holding a ‘Justice Matters’ church service at St Margaret’s, Westminster (just next to the Houses of Parliament) at 6pm on the same day. Find out more and sign up to join us here.