What is Fairtrade?
Fairtrade was set up to create opportunities for the poorest farmers and workers in the third world who have been economically disadvantaged by the conventional trading system. The UK is the world’s largest market for Fairtrade goods, with about £190m worth sold last year out of global sales of over £500m which benefited over 5 million people in more than 50 countries.
Why at Christ Church should we buy Fairtrade?
Christ Church can make a difference through buying Fairtrade products. We know that if our tea, coffee or sugar has the Fairtrade mark, a minimum price has been paid to the producers covering their costs of production. Not only this but the producers receive an additional Fairtrade premium (an extra amount of money) to invest in their communities such as healthcare, clean water, education and so on. Producers are small scale and organised into co-operatives who always get a democratic say in decisions – women included. No child or forced labour can occur.
Wouldn’t this make you feel proud whilst sipping your Fairtrade coffee?
Becoming a Fairtrade Church
Nearly 7000 churches in the UK are making the connection between trade and poverty and committing to using Fairtrade products including tea, coffee, sugar and biscuits. The Fairtrade Foundation Churches scheme is supported by 12 organisations.
Having such organisations supporting the Fairtrade Churches scheme makes a powerful statement that the leading Christian organisations and non governmental organisations in the UK support Fairtrade as a key solution to making trade fair. On becoming a Fairtrade Church we will receive a certificate to display to tell people we have made a commitment to Fairtrade.
The three goals Christ Church must fulfill are:
• Use Fairtrade tea and coffee after services and in all meetings for which they have responsibility
• Move forward on using other Fairtrade products such as sugar, biscuits and fruit
• Promote Fairtrade during Fairtrade Fortnight and during the year through events, worship and other activities whenever possible.