Fairtrade is an accreditation labelling system which certifies that products bearing the Fairtrade Mark meet a range of specific criteria based on international standards developed on a product-by-product basis. It covers a wide range of food items and also cotton and gold. Standards for other products will follow. The Key Principles and Goals of Fairtrade have inspired a grassroots movement to promote Fairtrade products in places of worship, schools, the workplace, boroughs, towns and cities. We can each encourage others to change their buying habits as we go about our daily lives.
Fairtrade v Fair Trade
Fairtrade always relates to certified products with the colourful Mark.
Fair Trade expresses a wider vision of development, seeking to transform the lives of poor producers and covering a bigger range of products than can be certified, such as craft items and rubber gloves.
Fairtrade at St James
Concern for poverty alleviation is not just about writing a cheque, important though that can be. It's also about helping people to a better life by supporting what they are doing themselves. Every trade exchange should benefit the producer, but buying products with the Fairtrade Mark guarantees a real benefit. St James's Church was awarded its Fairtrade Church certificate in 2006, easily meeting the three simple commitments of the Fairtrade Foundation shown on the certificate.
Our Traidcraft stall
In 2007 we took our commitment one step further by starting to run a Traidcraft stall on the first Sunday of every month and other suitable occasions, including events at Hampton Hill Junior School. Traidcraft catalogues are available in church and discounts of 15% are available on craft and clothing items. St James’s Traidcraft team generate sales of about £7,000 a year. In 2014-15 they were the 49th top-selling account in the country.
Traidcraft was one of the first companies to bring fair trade products to the UK consumer. Although many food products are now readily available in supermarkets it is still very important to support Traidcraft, who go a step further by reinvesting trading profit in their producers’ businesses. The company also brings new products to market, which later gain the Fairtrade Mark – as it did with wine and is now doing with rubber gloves and palm oil.
Spring cleaning the church the Fairtrade way
Traidcraft’s Clean & Fair range is the first household cleaning range ever to carry the Fairtrade Mark. When you choose Clean & Fair, you’re investing in the future of fair trade palm and coconut oil – a future that will transform communities in Ghana and rural India. Traidcraft have asked BIO D to produce the finished products, a company renowned in the whole eco cleaning sector and whose products are used in the church hall. The Clean & Fair range really does combine the best of fair trade with the best of eco cleaning, so please come and buy at our Traidcaft stall.
What a difference fair trade makes (2014 October)
Fairtrade status for St James’s Church (2012)
Giving through our Fairtrade purchases (2012 February)
Fighting poverty through trade (2011 March)
Ann Peterken on 020 8891 5862 or Catherine Gash on 020 8783 0563