support and promote Fairtrade, further encourage the use and sale of Fairtrade products and to serve only Fairtrade coffee and tea at meetings it is responsible for.
Ensure that one half of the churches in your denominational area have become a 'Fairtrade Church'.
Encourage other local churches, parishes, circuits etc. to adopt a Fairtrade policy. As far as possible,
display literature advertising the fact that Fairtrade products are used and served there.
Attract media coverage and continue raising awareness of the FAIRTRADE Mark. If possible, make reference
to denominational area's Fairtrade status on the relevant website.
Set up a Fairtrade steering group to take responsibility for monitoring that these goals continue to be met and developed over time.
Not everyone will buy into an idea or philosophy all the time and as individuals we may have questions about the point of certain practices.
Fairtrade is no different. There has been many commentaries and papers on strengths and weaknesses of the philosophy in practice. That said it does change lives.
What is clearer however are the principles on which Fairtrade is based. (See below)
If you share some or all of these please consider what you might wish to do in 2018 to further the growth of Fairtrade business and practices to aid workers becoming entrepreneurs.
1. Create Opportunities for Economically Disadvantaged Producers
2. Transparency and Accountability
3. Fair Trading Practices
4. Payment of a Fair Price
5. Ensuring no Child Labour and Forced Labour
6. Commitment to Non-Discrimination, Gender Equality, Freedom of Association
7. Ensuring Good Working Conditions
8. Providing Capacity Building (developing practical, management and business skills)
9. Promoting Fair Trade
10. Respect for the Environment
So what could you do in 2018?
GENERALLY: Try to
FAIRTRADE FORTNIGHT is between 26th Feb and 11th March 2018
If you are buying Chocolate eggs, whatever the size, why not consider those made of Fairtrade chocolate. Certain lines of Egg even include the Easter story to add meaning to the experience of eating Britain's favourite sweet. Sugar and Milk free options are available.
For more news and information do remember to:
check the Circuit Website,
contact Rod Thorpe firstname.lastname@example.org
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