Fairtrade

What is Fairtrade?
Fairtrade is a simple way to make a difference by thinking carefully about our everyday choices. It’s about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability and fair terms of trade for small-scale farmers.

Fairtrade facts
  • More than 1.3 million farmers and workers in 70 developing countries now get a better deal from Fairtrade
  • Over 500 Catholic parishes and 8 Catholic dioceses across England and Wales are certified Fairtrade
  • One in every three bananas sold in the UK is Fairtrade

Farmers and producers in the developing world – and some closer to home – are often the ones who bear the costs and risks of trade, while global companies make the profits.

Fairtrade products such as cocoa, sugar, fruit, cotton and thousands of other top quality goods have been bought by companies for sustainable prices. This ensures that the world’s poorest growers and producers are able to earn a decent living and have a little extra to put back into their communities.

Find out about the latest Fairtrade actions

Why does CAFOD support Fairtrade?
CAFOD founded the Fairtrade Foundation in 1992 along with Christian Aid, Oxfam, Traidcraft, the World Development Movement and the National Federation of Women’s Institutes.

We believe we are all part of the global food system - which means we have the power to change it. Changing the food we buy and choosing products from Fairtrade companies is one of the ways we can help tackle poverty.

What is Fairtrade Fortnight?
Fairtrade Fortnight takes place at the end of February each year. It's a good opportunity to get involved with a CAFOD campaign and speak out for justice in solidarity with the world’s poorest communities.

Find out about Fairtrade Fortnight

 

Campaign resources on Fairtrade

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