Fairtrade will open board membership to related sectors

The Fairtrade Foundation is overhauling its governance structure and opening up its membership to allow other organisations with related goals to join its board.

Set up in the early 1990s to promote equality in international trade, the foundation has previously operated with a tight governance structure made up of founding members Cafod, Christian Aid, Oxfam, Traidcraft Exchange, the World Development Movement and the National Federation of Women's Institutes.

But a 2001 strategic review showed the organisation had evolved and could benefit from a wider governing base. The foundation is inviting organisations with a focus on development and consumers to apply to join the board, to bring voluntary and commercial skills to the charity.

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