About Us

About us

The Trade Justice Movement is a UK coalition of nearly seventy civil society organisations, with millions of individual members, calling for trade rules that work for people and planet. Our members include trade unions, aid agencies, environment and human rights campaigns, Fair Trade organisations and consumer groups. Together we are calling for trade justice, not free trade, with the rules weighted to ensure sustainable outcomes for ordinary people and the environment. We believe that everyone has the right to feed their families, make a decent living and protect their environment. But the rich and powerful are pursuing trade policies that put profits before the needs of people and planet.

To end poverty and protect the environment, we need trade justice, not free trade.

We are calling for the UK government to:

  • Ensure that trade rules allow governments, particularly in poor countries, can choose the best solutions to end poverty and protect the environment;
  • Ensure that trade rules do not allow big business to profit at the expense of people and the environment.
  • Ensure that decisions about trade rules are made in a way that is fully transparent and democratic.

By working together on trade through the Trade Justice Movement, organisations hope to have a much bigger impact than they could working in isolation. Formed at the end of 2000, the goal of the Trade Justice Movement is fundamental change to the unjust rules and institutions governing international trade so that trade is made to work for all.

A list of current members is available here.  All coalition members support the policy positions outlined in our founding statement ‘For Whose Benefit?’ We welcome organisations as new members. If your organisation would like to join, visit our membership page page. To find out more about the organisation’s structure and internal governance click here.

Internal Governance

The Trade Justice Movement is governed by a Board that is elected by the members each year at the annual general meeting (AGM). The Trade Justice Movement has a small staff team who provide analysis and convene the sector around advocacy on trade policy issues.

The current Board members are:

Tim Aldred, Head of Policy and Public Affairs, Fairtrade Foundation

Jean Blaylock, Policy Officer, Global Justice Now

Nick Crook, Head of International Relations, Unison

Mark Dearn, Senior Trade Campaigner, War On Want

Matt Grady, Policy and Advocacy Advisor, Traidcraft

Ruth Kelly, Researcher, University of York & ActionAid International

Sam Lowe, Land Grabs Campaigner, Friends of the Earth

How we’re funded

Trade Justice Movement members pay an annual subscription to support the secretariat. We also receive funding from a small number of trusts, details of this can be found in our annual financial statements, listed below.

Financial statements:




The Trade Justice Movement is a fast expanding group of organisations. Click here for a full list of our current members.

How to join

The Trade Justice Movement is a coalition of organisations that includes organisations like ActionAid, CAFOD, Christian Aid, Friends of the Earth, Global Justice Now, the TUC and War on Want. These organisations are concerned with the harmful impact of international trade rules for ordinary people, the environment and democracy. We call for a fundamental change of the unjust rules and institutions governing international trade, so that trade is made to work for all.

If your organisation wishes to join the Trade Justice Movement it needs to fulfill all of the following criteria:

  • Your trustees agree to sign up to our founding statement For Whose Benefit?
  • Your organisation must not be a political party
  • There must be no objection to your organisation’s membership from existing members

Unfortunately we cannot accept membership requests from branches or subdivisions of national organisations.

If you'd like to find out more, contact the TJM Secretariat:


0207 440 8560


TJM is looking to recruit a Senior Policy Advisor!

Location: London, Fairtrade Foundation offices

Salary: £38,445 per annum, pro rata to 3-4 days, by agreement between the candidate and TJM.

Contract type: Short-term – 12 months

Hours of work: 22.5-30 hours per week (see above), flexible working can be discussed with the line manager

This role reports to: TJM Coordinator

The Senior Policy Advisor’s role is to contribute to TJM’s political and policy work, focusing in particular on the UK’s post-Brexit trade policy; to ensure high quality, timely communications with the TJM membership and broader civil society sector; to develop expertise in identified areas of trade policy; to influence politically and within the sector including via both internal and external communications; to support joint advocacy work between groups of TJM members; to represent TJM to external organisations, including other CSOs and government departments; and to develop TJM’s work on alternative models of trade policy.

Working as part of a small team, you will need both a strong ability to manage your time and work plan and to work closely with our network of members to support joint strategising and advocacy. This is an exciting opportunity to make a big impact as the UK develops its new international trade policy.


Political intelligence:

Work with the Coordinator to:

  • Monitor and respond to UK government plans for post-Brexit trade and engage with government departments as appropriate;
  • Monitor and respond to UK parliamentary activity on trade, maintain and build relationships with relevant MPs and respond to parliamentary inquiries as appropriate;
  • Maintain a good overview of and contacts with others working across a broad spectrum of trade policy areas;
  • Deliver high quality research in the form of briefings and reports, on key areas of post-Brexit trade policy;

An alternative proposal for UK trade policy:

Work with the Coordinator to:

  • Conduct analysis of the shortcomings of a status quo approach to trade;
  • Refine proposals for alternative approaches;
  • Engage TJM members, academic and other civil society partners as necessary.


  • Provide regular, timely communications to members regarding developments in post-Brexit trade policy, including highlighting opportunities for joint advocacy and commissioning regular podcasts and webinars on Uk trade policy;
  • Build and maintain strong relationships with key members and be responsive to member requests for information and advice, support the development of policy groups where appropriate;
  • Represent TJM at key external meetings including as a speaker at member and other external events;
  • Organise a number of seminars and briefing meetings for TJM members to build civil society capacity on trade;
  • Work with the Coordinator to make strategic use of external communications opportunities and represent TJM in the media: ensure regular posts to Twitter, seek to secure press coverage (blogs, press releases) as appropriate, manage and update website;
  • Reach out beyond already active TJM members and to organisations who are not currently engaged in work on trade.

Coordinate joint sector activity on post-Brexit trade:

Work with the Coordinator to:

  • Support the development of a UK coalition calling for justice in UK post-Brexit trade policy;
  • Work with partner organisations to develop a set of principles for UK trade, including a public sign-on statement;
  • Work with partner organisations to deliver a series of joint events;


Work with the Coordinator to:

  • Identify and secure additional funding;
  • Develop bids on identified areas of work;
  • Manage existing funding streams relevant to this post and ensure timely reporting;

Managerial/ Financial:

Work with the Coordinator to deliver TJM’s organisational administration requirements.

Key competencies


  • Experience of and ability to undertake the full range of policy work including research, writing papers, preparing policy positions and advocacy to a high standard
  • Good knowledge of international trade rules or of an equivalent macroeconomic issue and a demonstrable ability to build own expertise quickly
  • Excellent analytical skills and political awareness with an established political network
  • Excellent event-organising skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrable project management skills, including budget management
  • Strong ability to work independently, with minimal supervision, initiating own work, prioritizing and meeting deadlines
  • Strong networking, relationship-building and influencing skills


  • Experience of working in a network
  • A strong understanding of international development issues
  • Strong fundraising skills
  • Ability to travel occasionally and work outside normal working hours when necessary


How to Apply

Applications should be sent by email to Paul Keenlyside at recruitment@tjm.org.uk.

The closing date for applications is Monday 1st May at 9am.

Interviews will be held on Monday 8th May, and candidates should keep this day free. We aim to invite candidates to interview by 3rd May latest.

Your application should consist of:

  • A CV of not more than 2 pages, including educational and professional qualifications, a full employment history showing the most significant positions, responsibilities held and relevant achievements. 
  • A cover letter of not more than 2 pages outlining your motivation and interest in this role, and describing how your skills, experience and knowledge make you qualified for this role. Please ensure you address the key competencies outlined above.