Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world. By requiring companies to pay sustainable prices (which must never fall lower than the market price), Fairtrade addresses the injustices of conventional trade, which traditionally discriminates against the poorest, weakest producers. It enables them to improve their position and have more control over their lives. This leads to benefits for their communities which we take for granted.
More information can be found on any of the following websites:
Is your church a Fairtrade Church?
It's very easy to become a Fairtrade Church. There are three main goals to achieve.
Your Church Council must agree to the following:
- Use Fairtrade tea and coffee after services and in all meetings for which you have responsibility
- Move forward on using other Fairtrade products such as sugar, biscuits and frui
- Promote Fairtrade during Fairtrade Fortnight and during the year through events, worship and other activities whenever possible
You can become a Fairtrade Church by registering directly with the Fairtrade Foundation or through the Diocese by contacting us here.
Fairtrade Fortnight 2017
Fairtrade fortnight will take place between 27th February - 12th March 2017. The theme for the fortnight is "It's time to put Fairtrade in your break".
To get more information you can find out about both the work of the Fairtrade Foundation and their plans for Fairtrade fortnight here.
Traidcraft is the UK’s leading fair trade organisation and are dedicated to fighting poverty through trade. They have many resources for churches and schools on line. We can all support the work of Traidcraft buy using their online shop.
Our Diocese and many of our parishes have Fairtrade status. If you are interested in your parish becoming a Fairtrade Parish click here for information.