Fairtrade is ...
... a simple way each of us can make a difference through our everyday choices.
It’s about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world.
Fairtrade aims to enable the poorest farmers and workers to improve their position and have more control over their lives.
The Fairtrade Mark means...
- A minimum price is paid to Fairtrade producers covering their costs of production.
- Producers receive an additional Fairtrade premium - extra money to invest in their communities on economic, social or environmental projects. How it is spent is voted on democratically by farmers or workers. This is development decided by the people who will benefit from it. They are best placed to make it work well. Roads have been laid, nurseries equipped and new tools bought, thanks to the Fairtrade premium.
- Workers on farms also receive rights under Fairtrade such as decent wages and being allowed to join unions.
- Producers in Fairtrade co-operatives always get a democratic say in decisions, women included.
Further information about what Fairtrade is can be found here.
Contact Barbara if you are interested in joining a group encouraging Fairtrade issues in the Diocese.