Twin is saddened to announce that co-founder Michael Barrett Brown has passed away on 7 May 2015, aged 97 years. Michael was a pioneer in the British fair trade movement, published author, as well as a leading figure in the New Left in the 1950s and 60s. In 1985 he co-founded Twin Trading which, under his chairmanship, developed Cafédirect, the Divine chocolate business and other Fairtrade brands as a model for a different kind of trade between peasant producers and consumers in developed countries.
Michael was still an active member on the Twin board, where his years of experience and knowledge in ethical trading continued to guide the success of both Twin and Twin Trading. Along with his many other lifetime achievements, the impact that he had on the fair trade movement is immeasurable and will not be forgotten.
To read his full obituary, please go to The Guardian.