What is Fairtrade?
Fairtrade is about giving producers a fair price for their products. Buying Fairtrade means farmers and workers get a better deal in return for their hard work. Unfair trade condemns millions of people living in developing countries to poverty. Fairtrade addresses the injustices of conventional trade, which traditionally discriminates against the poorest, weakest producers. It enables them to improve their lot and to have more control over their lives. Currently more than 7 million farmers benefit from Fairtrade. Fairtrade is a practical way in which every one can make a difference.
When you buy a product with the FAIRTRADE Mark, you can be sure that the price you have paid:
- Covers the cost of production.
- Includes a premium that the producers' community decides how to invest - for example in improved water supplies, building a school or healthcare.
- Encourages long-term direct trading relations.
- Ensures a commitment towards better environmental standards and sustainable production
The FAIRTRADE Mark is an independent consumer label created by CAFOD and other organisations (including Christian Aid, Oxfam and Traidcraft) which can now be found on more than 3,000 different products. The Fairtrade Foundation is the independent non-profit organisation that licenses use of the FAIRTRADE Mark on products in the UK. Link to Fairtrade Foundation www.fairtrade.org.uk
For any further information, help or support please contact Tessa or Nicky Wiseman on firstname.lastname@example.org. If anyone would like to be involved in the Campaign or join the Steering Group they are asked to contact Tessa or Nicky. The Steering Group would ask Parishes to take Fairtrade on board and serve Fairtrade tea, coffee, sugar and other products whenever they have the opportunity.
There are over 3000 Fairtrade products available including many varieties of tea and coffee which are now widely available at Fairtrade stalls or any supermarket. There are also criteria for those parishes who do not serve any tea and coffee.
Added May 2010 - Shared Interest is a co-operative lending society that provides much pre-financing for Fairtrade Products. Without them it would be very difficult to get financing for a lot of Fairtrade products. They work with both producers and buyers and they obtain their financing through individuals and groups investing. Sally Reith, who is a member of the Leighton-Linslade Fairtrade Town Steering group, is hoping to start building relationships with Faith groups, which would include J & P groups in our Diocese. If anyone belongs to a group that would be interested in having a talk on the work of this organisation and to explain how we can help it, please contact Sally