Fairtrade

Fairtrade at St James's


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 our buying habits as we go about our daily lives.

Fairtrade logoFairtrade 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.

CertificateFairtrade at St James

Concern for poverty alleviation is not just about writing a cheque. 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 was awarded its Fairtrade Church certificate in 2006, easily meeting the three simple commitments of the Fairtrade Foundation.

Our Traidcraft stall

Traidcraft  
Traidcraft  

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. It generates sales of about £7,000 a year. Traidcraft catalogues in church offer discounts of 15% on many craft and clothing items.

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.

Cleaning the Fairtrade way

When you choose Traidcraft's Clean & Fair products, you’re investing in the future of fair trade palm and coconut oil – a future that will transform communities in Ghana and rural India.

Looking back

What a difference fair trade makes (2014 October) (article)
Fairtrade status for St James’s Church(2012 June) (article)
Giving through our Fairtrade purchases (2012 February) (article)
Fighting poverty through trade (2011 March) (article)

Contacts

Ann Peterken on 020 8891 5862 or Catherine Gash on 020 8783 0563