“Every economic…action must set about providing each inhabitant of the planet with the minimum wherewithal to live in dignity and freedom, with the possibility of supporting a family, educating children, praising God and developing one’s own human potential.”
Fair Trade Is a Commitment to Building Relationships
Fair trade is a trading partnership based on dialogue, transparency, and respect that seeks greater equity in domestic and international trade. It contributes to sustainable development by offering better trading conditions to, and securing the rights of, marginalized producers and workers
Fair trade is about building respectful, enduring relationships. It respects the Catholic social teaching principles of the dignity of the human person and the dignity of work. Looking through a wider lens, fair trade embodies a comprehensive set of criteria, including:
- Paying a fair wage in the local context;
- Offering employees opportunities for advancement;
- Providing equal employment opportunities for all people, particularly the most disadvantaged;
- Caring for God’s creation by engaging in environmentally sustainable practices;
- Being open to public accountability;
- Building long-term trade relationships;
- Providing healthy and safe working conditions within the local context;
- Providing financial and technical assistance to producers whenever possible.
These criteria were drawn from the Fair Trade Federation, a trade association for businesses in the United States and Canada.
Learn more about CRS’ Fair Trade partners and products – shop for fair trade/slave free coffee, chocolate and crafts. Click here.
Fair Trade Federation members are fully committed to fair trade. They have dedicated their businesses to creating positive change for the many of the world’s poorest farmers and artisans. This means that fair trade is at the core of every business decision they make.
To support Fair Trade members and purchase fair trade products: Click Here
Fair Trade USA – Every Purchase Matters! Partners are committed to offering quality products, improving lives and protecting the environment. To shop with their partners and view available products: Click Here
Global Exchange’s Fair trade Program has worked to promote fair trade, end child and forced labor and trafficking in the cocoa industry, as well as to educate and empower children and adults to advocate for and purchase fair trade products. To access their fair trade resources: Click Here
HandCrafting Justice – To find beautiful, fair trade gifts from around the world and empower women with every purchase: Click Here
SERRV is a nonprofit organization with a mission to eradicate poverty wherever it resides by providing opportunity and support to artisans and farmers worldwide. To learn more or view products: Click Here
Since 1946, Ten Thousand Villages has been working to improve the livelihood of tens of thousands of disadvantaged artisans in 38 countries. They do this by establishing a sustainable market for handmade products in North America and building long-term buying relationships in places where skilled artisans lack opportunities for stable income. To view/purchase products: Click Here
Items Made by Women Rescued from Trafficking
Buy The Change USA sells goods created by women in the developing world who are victims of sex trafficking, gender-based violence and deep poverty. Their mission is to encourage consumers to buy goods that support undervalued women. To view/purchase their products: Click Here
Fair Trade Designs – To find a selection of fair trade products that are either made by women rescued from trafficking or where a portion of their sales are donated to non-profits working to eradicate this most barbaric violation of human rights: Click Here
Made By Survivors helps survivors of slavery rebuild their lives after rescue from slavery, with sustainable income, education and help reintegrating into society. Unique and beautiful jewelry, bags, and other gifts made by survivors. Proceeds benefit vocational programs for survivors around the world. Made By Survivors is the core program of The Emancipation Network, a U.S.-based NGO. To view/purchase their products: Click Here
Nomi Network creates economic opportunities for survivors and women at risk of human trafficking. Every item you buy provides jobs for survivors and helps end modern-day slavery. To visit their store and be part of the “Buy Her Bag Not Her Body” and “Buy Her Shirt Not Her Body” campaigns: Click Here
RIJI Green practices responsible business stewardship by valuing both people and planet. They partner with non-profit organizations and businesses that train and hire survivors of human trafficking and those at risk of being trafficked. They also provide access to market opportunities for their products and donate a portion of the profits back to organizations that combat human trafficking. To view/purchase their products: Click Here
Stop Traffick Fashion helps the Human Trafficking survivors and organizations rescuing and providing rehabilitation to survivors.
Each purchase from Stop Traffick Fashion directly helps the survivors and organizations rescuing and providing rehabilitation to survivors. Men, women, and children who have been rescued from their captors make nearly all of their accessories. To view/purchase their products: Click Here
Tassa Tag – A big bright luggage tag, made by members of the Fair Trade Federation, for responsible travelers wishing to be a voice against sexual slavery and trafficking.
ECPAT (End Child Pornography, Child Prostitution and Trafficking for Sexual Purposes) Luggage Tags are made at The Regina Center in Nongkhai, Thailand. They are a fair trade product and provides work opportunities for women at risk for sex trafficking. keeping them employed, able to support their families and send their children to school. To purchase: Click Here
Thistle Farms is a social enterprise that provides jobs to trafficking survivors who make and sell candles, soap, and fragrances. To view/purchase their products: Click Here