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

It stated "There are many types of products that are not covered by the standards that allow a Fairtrade Mark to be applied. We invest our time to ensure the key principles of Fair Trade are followed so that we can call a product ‘fair trade’ even when that product does not carry a Fairtrade Mark."

The website also 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 website had a map showing the names and locations of the "growers, artisans and farmers" that Traidcraft worked with.

The website also contained a link to the Traidcraft Purchasing Policy (updated May 2012), which outlined further detail regarding the standards it requires of its purchased products. For example it detailed how suppliers categorised as "fair trade" will have their standards verified.

Traidcraft Exchange 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 Supply Chain Management and did not lose any marks in this category.

Reference:

www.traidcraft.co.uk/ (9 November 2020)

In November 2020 Ethical Consumer viewed the Traidcraft website which stated that the company had an office 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:

www.traidcraft.co.uk/ (9 November 2020)

In November 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 products were Fairtrade certified. On cocoa and chocolate specifically, the company stated "Did you know that Traidcraft were the very first people in the UK to sell fair trade chocolate? Today the range is fair trade, totally organic, GM free, suitable for vegetarians, and as ethical as chocolate can be!"

Ethical Consumer also viewed the Traidcraft UK retail website and saw that the all the Traidcraft brand chocolate was certified Fairtrade and Organic.

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

Reference:

www.traidcraft.co.uk/ (9 November 2020)

In November 2020 Ethical Consumer viewed the Traidcraft retail 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)