In March 2020 Ethical Consumer viewed Traidcraft's website for its supply chain policy and found that the company sold almost exclusively Fairtrade products.

It stated "We’ve been collaborating with most of our suppliers for many years, and we feel like we know them through and through. But still – it’s important to take a step back and regularly check that both Traidcraft and our suppliers keep adhering to fair trade principles. This verification is provided by the process of Fairtrade certification (mostly our food and drink items) or WFTO membership (this relates mostly to our handmade items). When we work with newer suppliers we always ask them to provide documented evidence of their adherence to fair trade principles, and we ask all of our direct suppliers (new and old) to check they comply with our fair trade principles on a rolling basis."
The company was also a member of the Ethical Trading Initiative - a multi-stakeholder initiative which worked with companies to improve workers' rights within supply chains.

The company received an exemption for having a turnover of under £10.2m with effective if not explicit practice of supply chain management.

As the company's products were exclusively certified fair trade or produced under fair trade conditions it received Ethical Consumer's best rating for its supply chain management policy.

Reference:

www.traidcraftshop.co.uk (26 November 2019)

In March 2020 Ethical Consumer viewed Traidcraft Exchange's most recent Impact and Performance report (2017). It stated that the company worked in Bangladesh, which, at the time of writing, Ethical Consumer considered to be governed by an oppressive regime. However, as the company only produced Fairtrade products it was considered to have a positive impact on communities and did not lose any marks under Human Rights.

Reference:

Impact Report 2017 (2017)

In June 2020 Ethical Consumer viewed the Traidcraft website for details on its cotton sourcing. It did not sell own brand cotton products, but sold various cotton items, all of which were either organic (and mainly GOTS certified which excluded cotton from Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan) or fairtrade.

According to Anti-Slavery International (ASI) website viewed by Ethical Consumer in August 2018, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan were two of the world’s largest exporters of cotton, and every year their governments forcibly mobilised over one million citizens to grow and harvest cotton.
The Organic Trade Association website, www.ota.com, stated in July 2018 that cotton covered roughly 2.78% of global arable land, but accounted for 12.34% of all insecticide sales and 3.94% of herbicide sales.
According to the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications (ISAAA), a non-profit pro biotech organisation, genetically modified cotton accounted for 80% of cotton grown in 2017.

As the company did not manufacture any of its own-brand products it was not required to have a cotton rating however as all of the cotton items sold were either organic or fairtrade it was considered to have a positive policy as a cotton retailer. This reference is for information only.

Reference:

www.traidcraftshop.co.uk (30 March 2020)

In March 2020 Ethical Consumer searched Traidcraft plc's website for information on the company's commitments to addressing child labour, child slavery and other workers' rights issues within its cocoa supply chain. The company stated that all of its cocoa products were Fairtrade certified.

As 100% of the company's cocoa products were said to be Fairtrade certified, the company received Ethical Consumer's best rating for its cocoa supply chain management.

Reference:

www.traidcraft.co.uk (26 March 2020)