What is Fairtrade?

“Fairtrade is a strategy for poverty alleviation and sustainable development. Its purpose is to create opportunities for producers and workers who have been economically disadvantaged or marginalized by the conventional trading system. If fair access to markets under better trade conditions would help them to overcome barriers to development, they can join Fairtrade.”

Fairtrade is a tool for development that ensures disadvantaged farmers and workers in developing countries get a better deal through the use of the international FAIRTRADE Mark.

Fairtrade Labelling was created in the Netherlands in the late 1980s. The Max Havelaar Foundation launched the first Fairtrade consumer guarantee label in 1988 on coffee sourced from Mexico. Here in the UK, the Fairtrade Foundation was established in 1992, with the first products to carry the FAIRTRADE Mark launched in 1994.

What does the symbol represent?

Fairtrade Logo     The eye-catching blue, green, white and black FAIRTRADE Mark was adopted by FLO International in 2002. The symbol is open to interpretation – some see a parrot, others a green leaf, some see the black swirl at the centre as a road leading to a brighter future. The most popular interpretation is to imagine the blue as sky, the green as grass, and the black dot and swirl at the centre as a person holding one arm aloft. That figure represents the people at the heart of the Fairtrade system – it could be a farmer holding up their product, a shopper reaching to purchase, or a campaigner fighting for greater justice in international trade.

Go to our Links page for further information under ‘Fairtrade Foundation’ in the ‘National’ section.

What it means for us

Being a Fairtrade Church means that we try and make sure that all the consumable materials we use, especially for refreshments, are fairly traded. With the great variety of goods now available from most shops this means that it is not difficult to still enjoy good things while ensuring their producers get a fair price for their labour.

This entry is dated Wednesday, March 30th, 2011 at 3.32am and is filed under News.

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