The History of Traidcraft
Traidcraft starts trading in July, from a warehouse in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, with a handful of staff. Our first catalogue was hand-drawn and sold crafts only.
Tea and coffee are introduced to our next catalogue. Indeed, between 1981 and 1985, we pioneer the first fair trade tea, coffee, sugar and chocolate into the UK.
We set up Traidcraft Educational Foundation (TEF) – a charity to raise awareness about producers and the issues of justice in trade and development.
Our organisation moves across the Tyne to Gateshead, to a warehouse on the Team Valley Trading Estate.
Traidcraft becomes a Plc – 300,000 share are issued and are substantially oversubscribed.
TEF charity becomes Traidcraft Exchange and begins working with overseas with producers and community groups.
Traidcraft launches fair trade clothing line.
We helped set up Shared Interest, an ethical lending society and also helped set up EFTA (European Fair Trade Association)
We help to found Cafédirect, the first Fairtrade product to ever hit UK supermarket shelves.
We co-found the Fairtrade Foundation (with five other organisations), which licenses the use of the FAIRTRADE Mark in the UK.
We are the first public limited company in the UK to produce a set of social accounts.
Our e-commerce website, www.traidcraftshop.co.uk, launches.
We launch Geobar, the UK’s first product made up of several Fairtrade ingredients and the first Traidcraft-branded product to be sold in supermarkets.
Traidcraft Exchange voted one of the most innovative charities in the UK. We also gain our first Investors in People accreditation.
We were one of only seven organisations to receive a Queen’s Award for Enterprise for Sustainable Development.
We launch the UK’s first fair trade rubber and charcoal.
Traidcraft’s policy unit successfully lobbies the UK government to introduce a supermarket ombudsman.
We introduce Clean & Fair to the UK – the world’s first Fairtrade marked household cleaning range. We’re also accredited as a Living Wage employer.