As St John's is a Fairtrade Church we would like to encourage you to continue using Fairtrade products at coffee mornings and events.
A social movement, Fairtrade's 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 (eg. 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. Fairtrade is grounded in three core beliefs; first, producers have the power to express unity with consumers. Secondly, the 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.
All fair trade organisations, backed by consumers, are engaged actively in supporting producers, raising awareness and in campaigning for changes in the rules and practices of conventional international trade.
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