Fair Trade

We support Fair TradeWE ARE A FAIRTRADE CHURCH

We have been committed to using Fairtrade products at Church since October 2001 for our refreshments and Coffee Mornings and now in Cornerstone.

For many years Norma Wilson has worked alongside Jan Alexander at St John's to promote Fairtrade goods.  They now find that monthly sales have significantly reduced possibly due to the selection of goods now available in our shops.  Consequently, the after service monthly stalls will stop when the existing stock has been cleared.  We do have plans to retain the seasonal sales at Christmas and Easter.  We thank both Norma and Jan for the time and energies they have devoted to promote this worthy cause.

Previously all profits were used to buy the goods and, at the end of the year any profit left was donated to Fairtrade charities to support growers and craft workers to become self-sufficient by supplying them with seeds, tools, etc.
 


FAIRTRADE FORTNIGHT 2019

25 February to 10 March 2019

This year, Fairtrade Fortnight will focus on cocoa. Farmers of this iconic Fairtrade product have seen prices crash to crisis levels in the last few years, particularly in West Africa where most cocoa is grown. The situation highlights in stark terms the scandal of unfair trade. We have a choice about whether we take a stand against this. 

Many farmers – both men and women – are underpaid and exploited. That means they can’t earn enough for the basics many of us take for granted, including food, education and housing, because they don’t earn a living income. 

It’s even worse for the women who work in the fields and in the home. Despite the hard work they put in, they’re often overlooked and under-represented, and usually see even less of the money for their crop. They deserve more.

So the voices and stories of women farmers will also be at the heart of Fairtrade Fortnight. And we’re inviting some inspiring women farmers from Cote D’Ivoire – who truly understand what a living income means and represents – to come and help us spread the message.


FAIRTRADE FORTNIGHT 2018

26 February to 11 March 2018

 

'For hundreds of years, we were taught to serve, to be workers. Now with Fairtrade, we are entrepreneurs'

Marcial Quintero, member of Coobana, a Fairtrade banana co-operative in Panama. 


FAIRTRADE FORTNIGHT 2017

27 February to 12 March 2017
There was a Fairtrade stall in Cornerstone on Saturday 4 March from 10am to 12 noon.


The food on our tables, the tea and coffee in our mugs, all from farmers who toil, sweat and slog.

However hard they work to provide the things we depend on, millions of farmers in developing countries aren’t paid what they deserve. It’s not a new problem.

We need to amplify the voices of marginalised producers as much as ever in 2017.

When we come together we can change the way people think about trade and the products on our shelves - the Fairtrade movement is made up of ordinary people doing extraordinary things in their communities for Fairtrade. Your actions help shoppers to make choices that change the lives of farmers and workers.

Join thousands of others across the UK this Fairtrade Fortnight to help our friends, neighbours, colleagues and communities to put Fairtrade in their break and take exploitation out.

 


 


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