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.
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.
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