FAIRTRADE

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Fair trade is a social movement whose stated goal is to help producers in developing countries achieve better trading conditions. Members of the movement advocate the payment of higher prices to exporters, as well as improved social and environmental standards. The movement focuses in particular on commodities, or products which are typically exported from developing countries to developed countries, but also consumed in domestic markets (e.g. Brazil, India and Bangladesh) most notably handicrafts, coffee, cocoa, wine, sugar, fresh fruit, chocolate, flowers and gold. The movement seeks to promote greater equity in international trading partnerships through dialogue, transparency, and respect. It promotes sustainable development by offering better trading conditions to, and securing the rights of, marginalized producers and workers in developing countries. Fair trade is grounded in three core beliefs; first, producers have the power to express unity with consumers. Secondly, the world trade practices that currently exist promote the unequal distribution of wealth between nations. Lastly, buying products from producers in developing countries at a fair price is a more efficient way of promoting sustainable development than traditional charity and aid.

We are a registered ‘Fair Trade’ church, which means that we serve only fairly traded tea and coffee at our events.  We have a regular stall on Sunday morning with fairly traded food items and greetings cards.  Catalogues from Tradecraft plc are also available.

The ‘Fair Trade Premium’ from our sales goes to support small scale producers and entrepreneurs in poorer countries, helping them to climb out of poverty, to access healthcare and send their children to school.  


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