Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world.
By requiring companies to pay sustainable prices (which must never fall below the market price) Fairtrade tackles the injustices of conventional trade, which traditionally discriminates against the most vulnerable. It enables them to improve their position and have more control over their lives.
With Fairtrade you have the power to change the world every day. With simple shopping choices you can get farmers a better deal, which means they can make their own decisions, control their future and lead the dignified life everyone deserves.
A PRAYER FOR FAIRTRADE
FAIRTRADE FORTNIGHT IS FEBRUARY 22nd to MARCH 7TH
Jesus, you prayed that we might forgive all debt:
Not forgive debt once only,
But forgive consistently and relentlessly. That Is hard.
We confess that we are trapped utterly by an economics of debt, an economics of death.
We don’t know how to operate differently.
We cry for your help: show us another way!
Nevertheless, we can subvert this economics of death starting today through simple acts of reckless generosity.
We can buy Fairtrade.
We can choose to pay more.
We can choose to place the needs of farmers and workers above our wants and desires.
Yet even as we foster Fairtrade, we ask that you give us the wisdom and willingness to discover an entirely new economics of life; one that is no longer predicated on debt.
In Jesus’ name we pray for the sake of all life on earth.
Amen. (KEVIN SNYMAN)
Page updated 27th February 2021.