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Brexit trade campaign FAQs

January 09, 2017

Wondering how Brexit might affect trade with people in the poorest countries? Or what Traidcraft thinks should happen? Read our blog to find out more.

New year, new campaign

January 03, 2017 - Mary Milne, Traidcraft Campaigns Manager

As the year turns, our campaign focus is shifting to the possible impact of Brexit on trade with the poorest countries.

20,000-strong Justice Matters petition handed in at 10 Downing Street

November 03, 2016 - Emilie Schultze, Campaigns Officer

Finally the day arrived – the Justice Matters petition was delivered to the Prime Minister at 10 Downing Street!

New opportunity in the Justice campaign

September 22, 2016 - Emilie Schultze, Campaigns Officer

This autumn, Traidcraft supporters have a new opportunity to get the government to discuss how to hold irresponsible businesses to account.

All change? Or not...

September 01, 2016 - Mary Milne, Campaigns Manager

The last couple of months have seen massive upheaval in British politics. But as the dust begins to clear, we share some thoughts on the impact of the referendum result on the Justice campaign.

A toxic story - ten years on.

August 17, 2016

It's ten years since toxic waste was dumped in the capital of Cote D'Ivoire, West Africa. We say it's time to change the law.

A disappointment... and a glimmer of hope

May 27, 2016 - Mary Milne, Traidcraft Campaigns Manager

The government has finally published the updated National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights but there’s very little that’s new. We’re disappointed but we’re not losing heart.

'Doing good business' at breakfast time

May 10, 2016 - Liz May, Head of Policy & Advocacy at Traidcraft

With the government's Anti-Corruption Summit taking place later this week, Traidcraft and others held a breakfast briefing yesterday in Parliament. Read Liz May's speech to the meeting in full on our blog.

What companies do...

April 18, 2016 - Mary Milne, Campaigns Manager

Our new campaign postcard takes its inspiration from a classic suffragette poster. It highlights the contrasts between the way individuals and big companies are treated by the law. In this blog post, our Campaigns Manager explains.

Where oh where is the National Action Plan review...?

March 30, 2016 - Mary Milne, Traidcraft Campaigns Manager

We’ve been calling on the government to use its review of the National Action Plan on business and human rights to prioritise justice for victims since last summer. Nearly three months since the review was promised, it’s all gone quiet...

The changing face of corporate criminal liability

January 25, 2016 - Andrew Smith and Danielle Reece-Greenhalgh, Corker Binning law firm

'It is arguably irrational and unethical for a UK company to escape liability for deaths which, had they occurred in the UK, could be prosecuted here...' Guest blog by Andrew Smith and Danielle Reece-Greenhalgh of law firm Corker Binning.

Justice for citizens and workers

January 05, 2016 - Owen Tudor, Head of European and International Relations, TUC

In a guest blog from the Trades Union Congress, Owen Tudor writes 'The TUC is backing Traidcraft’s campaign because we believe in justice for citizens and workers.'

The government responds

December 07, 2015

More than a thousand campaigners have contacted their MP as part of our Justice campaign. We’ve now had a response from Baroness Anelay, Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Two-thirds of British business leaders agree

November 27, 2015

New polling from Traidcraft shows more than two thirds of UK business leaders (69%) agree that British companies should be accountable in the UK for any harm they cause to workers or local communities in developing countries.

New stories, same issues.

October 28, 2015 - Sachin Shah, Traidcraft Campaigns Officer

This week, you may have seen on our website some new stories, videos and actions you can take as part of the Justice campaign. The stories may have changed, but the issues certainly haven’t.

Justice: time to call in the law

October 24, 2015 - Mary Milne, Traidcraft Campaigns Manager

Last month I had the privilege of travelling to Kankoyo in Zambia’s Copperbelt. I say privilege because it was an amazing experience and the generosity of the people I met was humbling. But in some respects it was also a terrible experience.

What's VW got to do with the Justice campaign?

October 22, 2015 - Sachin Shah, Traidcraft Campaigns Officer

It’s been more than a year since Traidcraft launched a campaign saying that companies are getting away with causing harms to communities in developing countries. But are they really getting away with it? Let's take the example of Volkswagen...

The election is over. The campaign continues

May 08, 2015 - Sachin Shah, Traidcraft Campaigns Officer

The election is over, and in the next few days we'll see the new government take shape. We still have a long way to go to get to our goal of justice for people in developing countries harmed by UK companies.

Will they not get justice?

April 23, 2015 - Sachin Shah, Traidcraft Campaigns Officer

It’s a simple question. And two years after the Rana Plaza factory in Bangladesh collapsed on 24 April 2013, it’s still being asked.

Nicola Sturgeon responds

March 27, 2015

Traidcraft has received the following response from the leader of the Scottish National Party to the Justice campaign.

A question to ask

March 16, 2015 - Mary Milne, Traidcraft Campaigns Manager

With the General Election campaign entering its final weeks, now is a great time to talk to the people who are hoping to become our Members of Parliament. We've come up with a question you could ask.

Why is the EU still clinging on to ISDS?

March 03, 2015

Traidcraft has long been concerned about the impact of trade and investment agreements on developing countries. Today we published a new report highlighting the damaging Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) clause in investment agreements.

North Mara victims receive compensation

February 07, 2015 - Mary Milne, Traidcraft Campaigns Manager

We launched the Justice campaign with the story of Mary and her husband Samwel, from North Mara in Tanzania. On Friday, we heard the news that the claimants and the company have settled the case out of court.

Justice: a view from East Africa

February 06, 2015 - Joe Kibugu, Business and Human Rights Resource Centre, Nairobi

To be a credible global human rights champion, the UK must permit legal accountability for its businesses for human rights violations committed overseas.

New campaign resources for churches

January 26, 2015

Have a look at new resources to help you promote the Justice campaign in your church.

The stories behind our new campaign video

January 22, 2015

We’ve just produced a new video to draw attention to the way that some UK companies are getting away with things in the developing world which just wouldn’t be tolerated here.

Bhopal: 30 years

December 01, 2014

On the night of 2 December 1984, toxic gases leaked from the Union Carbide pesticide plant in the Indian city of Bhopal. People living in the densely packed streets right next to the plant woke to find their homes filled with acrid fumes.

Ed Miliband responds

November 07, 2014

Another day, another reply. This week we’re really grateful to campaigners who have sent in the letter they have received from Ed Miliband’s office, outlining the response of the Labour party to Traidcraft’s Justice campaign.

Leaders and laggards

October 27, 2014

UK companies are reliant upon people in developing countries to mine, grow, harvest, make, assemble and pack many of the products which we buy here.

The double standard continues

October 20, 2014

Those were the words of Rogelio Ustate as he spoke at a meeting of the London Mining Network.

Inequality of justice

October 15, 2014

Today is Blog Action Day. Around the world, people from different countries, interests and languages are contributing ideas around this year’s theme: inequality. We’re taking the opportunity to reflect on inequality of justice.

Nick Clegg responds

October 12, 2014

Since the launch of Traidcraft’s Justice Campaign just over a month ago, hundreds and hundreds of campaigners have sent emails and postcards to the main party leaders.

Talking politics

September 22, 2014

In a guest blog, Marilyn Croser, Director of CORE, the UK NGO network on corporate accountability, reflects on the political party conference season.

Justice denied

September 18, 2014

It is a shocking double standard that British companies can currently get away with things in developing countries that would be completely unacceptable in the UK. Companies are not being properly held to account and victims are being denied justice.

Time to turn up the ‘justice’ volume

September 15, 2014

At Traidcraft’s annual meeting last Saturday, the inspirational Tomy Matthew, founder of Fair Trade Alliance Kerala, challenged us all to make sure the ‘justice’ content of fair trade is maintained and grows.

Pakistan fire victims still wait for justice two years on

September 10, 2014

Today, 11 September 2014, marks the second anniversary of the fatal fire at Ali Enterprises garment factory in Karachi, Pakistan, which killed at least 254 garment workers and injured a further 55 people.

An accident waiting to happen?

September 08, 2014

Masuma is a survivor. On 24 April 2013, she went to work in the Rana Plaza building in an outer suburb of Dhaka, Bangladesh. The building was home to dozens of separate factory units, making clothes for the world market.

Time to stand up for justice

September 07, 2014

Should British companies operating in developing countries be held to account in the UK for any harm they cause to workers or local communities in those countries?