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Invite: join the Fair Trade Society

The Journal of Fair Trade is inviting Fair Trade groups to become a member of its society with a special offer. Read on for more information and contact Ellie Sugg if you are interested or have any questions:

What is the Journal of Fair Trade?

At the Journal of Fair Trade - an international, independent publication - we are unafraid to be outspoken and work to encompass all voices. The Journal strives to advance Fair Trade by spreading knowledge, rebooting interest and launching debate around the values, principles and wider aspects of the movement.

The Journal of Fair Trade is supported by its membership group called the The Fair Trade Society. Since launching, in October 2018, the Fair Trade Society has grown into a truly international and diverse group with members and sponsored members across the globe.

Our goal is for members to help shape the Journal of Fair Trade and Society in what we do, and what to focus on by showing us which stories need telling and things need investigating or defending!

Our hope at the Fair Trade Society is to expand circulation of the Journal of Fair Trade and move towards making it Open Access (available to all for free). To reach this goal we need to greatly expand the Fair Trade Society membership base, along with the Journal’s readership, to the point when this absolute independence and free access to all is feasible.


We are now offering the chance for Fair Trade Towns groups to sign up for free, lifetime Fair Trade Society membership, with all digital Journal of Fair Trade editions, and in return ask the participating towns to make an annual pledge of £10/ to sponsor a member.

Having your Fair Trade Town sign-up to this offer would be an enormous boost in terms of expanding the Society’s membership-base, towards our Open Access goal, whilst also broadening our sponsored members to encompass more local, grassroots Fair Trade producers, cooperative and retailers. Our overall aim is to broaden and diversify members along with access to Journal articles, debate whilst giving a platform for new collaborators to raise a voice.

Examples of our journal pieces from Volume 1 editions, which combine all sorts of academic and practitioner voices, are this ntroductory piece “Who Cares About Fair Trade” by Pauline Tiffen and “Greed does not have to drive business” by Erinch Sahan, Chief Executive of the World Fair Trade Organization. Our Volume 2 Issue 1 comprises a collection of articles on “Atypical Fair Trade”.

We would greatly welcome any enquiries from any Fair Trade Town with a query about our free, lifetime and pledge offer as well as communications and questions for any other interested parties. Please feel free to email