Slave-Free Goods and Services
“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.” Pope Francis
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. Taken from www.sistersagainsttrafficking.org
Some fair trade organizations:
Ten Thousand Villages; Equal Exchange; CRS Fair Trade; Global Exchange; SERRV; Buy the Change