TJM celebrates 20 years of fighting for trade rules which work for people and planet

Posted on November 16, 2023
Front cover 20th anniversary report

The Trade Justice Movement (TJM) is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a new report looking back at two decades of campaigning for a fair and just trading system.

TJM was founded in 2003 by a group of UK trade unions, charities and faith groups, to transform the rules which govern global trade. Today, TJM’s more than 60 member organisations retain a core belief in the potential of trade and trade rules to benefit people and planet.

“Trade policy is too often made behind closed doors, hidden from public view but wide open to corporate lobbyists. Trade deals are designed primarily to further corporate interests, meaning the concerns of people and planet are secondary at best.” says Tom Wills, TJM Director.

“International trade has a transformative potential. If the right rules are in place, trade can be an engine for sustainable economic development, equality and climate justice. Our challenge for the next twenty years is to make that happen, in solidarity and partnership with allies in the UK and beyond.”

Today’s report highlights considerable successes over two decades of campaigning in the UK for a more progressive approach to trade. It also looks back further, exploring the roots of trade injustice and celebrating the efforts of those who led the way in imagining and fighting for an alternative trading system.

Read the report A timeline of UK trade and trade justice