This Fairtrade Fortnight let’s Keep it Co-op

Fair Trade ad Cooperativism – keys to a better world…

Labour Campaign for International Development

by Karin Christiansen, Co-operative Party General Secretary and LCID Advisory Board member

This Fairtrade Fortnight, I wanted to share our Co-operative Party campaign to Keep it Co-op.

The Co-op was the first retailer in the UK to sell Fairtrade bananas and the first retailer in the world to carry the Fairtrade mark on its own brand products.

Its this commitment to Fairtrade, along with its support for progressive causes and because its owned by its members and not shareholders, that leads many of us go out of our way to shop at the Co-op.

But the Co-op could be about to break the century-old political link with the Co-operative Party which together with the Labour party has worked to support fair trade aboard and at home. The Co-op Party used its political representation to ensure that 590 Town Halls signed up to become Fairtrade Towns.

The Co-operative Party has…

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