FairTrade is about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world. By requiring companies to pay sustainable prices (which must never fall lower than the market price), FairTrade addresses the injustices of conventional trade, which traditionally discriminates against the poorest, weakest producers. It enables them to improve their position and have more control over their lives.
Southwell & Nottingham became a FairTrade Diocese in 2006. This means that the Diocese has committed itself to:
Support and promote FairTrade, further encourage the use and sale of FairTrade produces and to serve only FairTrade coffee and tea at meetings it is responsible for.
Ensure that at least one half of our churches have become a ‘FairTrade Church’.
Encourage other local churches, parishes, etc. to adopt a FairTrade policy. As far as possible, display literature advertising the fact that FairTrade products are used and served there.
Attract further media coverage and continue raising awareness of the FairTrade mark. If possible, make reference to denominational areas FairTrade status on the relevant website.
Set up a FairTrade steering group to take responsibility for monitoring that goals continue to be met and developed over time.
Our FairTrade Churches have agreed to:
Use FairTrade tea and coffee after services and in all meetings for which they have responsibility.
Move forward on using other FairTrade products such as sugar, bisuits and fruit.
Promote FairTrade during FairTrade fortnight and during the year through events, worship and other activities whenever possible.
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