We are a Fair Trade Church.
We hold regular sales of fairly traded goods, usually on the 3rd Sunday of the month and we endeavour to use fairly traded goods at all our gatherings and functions.
Why Fairtrade in church ?
The wider availability of Fairtrade in the supermarkets has given some people the impression that somehow, the job is done and that Traidcraft doesn't need to bother any more. They're wrong!
Supermarkets are great at what they do – selling large volumes of products at very competitive prices. But they can only work with food producers who have already achieved Fairtrade Mark status and can supply the necessary quantities. They offer no opportunity to producers who are not yet at the Fairtrade Mark level or to the millions struggling to support their families making crafts, jewellery, ceramics or paper products, for which no Fairtrade Mark yet exists. Traidcraft can – and does!
As a Christian response to poverty, Traidcraft directs many of its efforts towards these poor and marginalized producers, working with them to improve their products and develop their small businesses so they can gain their share of the market, be that in the UK or in their own countries.