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The Diocese was proud to achieve Fairtrade status in 2009

Why Fairtrade?

Fairtrade provides real benefits to the people who produce every day products such as tea, coffee, bananas, cotton and many more.  However the benefits also extend to the consumers of those products, and to the natural environment.

Benefits to the producer:

  • Fairtrade gives farmers access to a fair and stable income
  • Fairtrade encourages self-sufficient and sustainable producer organisations
  • Fairtrade assists small farmers to stay out of high interest debt
  • Fairtrade enables producers to build infrastructure in their communities

Benefits to the consumer:

  • Fairtrade provides consumers with high quality products at a fair price
  • Fairtrade gives consumers the confidence that the producer is working to social and environmental standards
  • Fairtrade enables consumers to assist and empower others with their buying power
  • Fairtrade allows consumers to participate in a global movement that is shaping a fairer and more sustainable world

Benefits to the environment:

  • Producers use environmentally friendly and sustainable farming methods
  • Supporting small farmers encourages varied land use and biodiversity
  • Products such as shade grown coffee play a key role in protecting natural habitats
  • The existence of small farmers helps prevent the factory farming of larger estates

If you are supporting Fairtrade in your church or local community please let us know. Contact David Potter at david.potter2012@btinternet.com.

How to become a Fairtrade church

  1. Download the Fairtrade Church Application Form. Please complete one form per church/parish.
  2. Discuss it and decide at your next PCC meeting. The three commitments you need to make are shown on the application form.
  3. Either
    • complete the downloaded application form electronically (it's an MS Word document) and email it as an attachment to David Potter.
    • print the downloaded application form to complete on paper and then post it direct to The Fairtrade Foundation, Ibex House, 42-47 Minories, London, EC3N 1DY. 
  4. Thank you!

Fairtrade News

Fairtrade Fortnight

As Fairtrade Fortnight approaches I hope everyone is looking forward to a really exciting time of campaigning, not just the traditional campaign to encourage people and companies to support Fairtrade, but this time to demand justice for all banana farmers. This campaign also gives us the opportunity to engage directly with supermarkets and hold them to account for the banana pricing war in which they are engaged

The main messages for campaigners to convey are:

1. Ask people to sign petition to Vince Cable to investigate the supermarket price war.
2. Buy only fairtrade bananas.
3. Give credit to shops whose bananas are 100% Fairtrade; the supermarkets currently stocking 100% are Waitrose, Sainsbury’s and the Co-op.

The designated website http://foncho.fairtrade.org.uk has now got the online petition and a lot more resources - presentations, prezis, quizzes, an MP briefing, a press and media toolkit, paper copy petition and toolkit, a vimeo (possibly more to follow), and other downloadable materials.

Events - there is a calendar of events here - http://foncho.fairtrade.org.uk/eventslist/.

Banana Army - for those of you on twitter you may have seen some pictures of Fairtrade supporters signing a Fairtrade banana and becoming a member of the "Banana Army" - I have attached one to this email. It came from Fair and Funky's campaign but is also a great way to get people to engage about bananas. The idea is very simple - just get people to sign their commitment to make bananas fair on a banana and post pictures of it on social media with the hashtag - #BananaArmy.

powerless over their own destiny. So any chance to point this out especially in the next couple of weeks should be taken - online and instore. The campaign is aimed at all supermarkets which sell loose bananas - the principal ones being Tesco, Sainsbury's, Asda, Morrissons, Waitrose, Marks and Spencer, Aldi and Lidl. As the campaign continues there may be attention focussed on particular supermarkets, so do ensure that you follow the campaign closely and engage whenever you can. You may find it easy to follow campaign developments on twitter - you can find me there as @MrsFairtrade. If you would like to start using twitter but would like some help again please do get in touch; it is a great resource we can use as Fairtrade supporters.

Fairtrade Sourcing Programs (FSP)

Internationally the Fairtrade movement is introducing a new commodity sourcing model, called Fairtrade Sourcing Programs (FSP). This is a response to the frustration and disappointment of Fairtrade cotton, cocoa and sugar farmers that they can still only sell a small proportion of their crop on the Fairtrade market. FSP allows companies to commit to use Fairtrade cocoa, sugar or cotton across product ranges or even their whole business, and use either the new Fairtrade program label or state their commitment to Fairtrade through corporate communications. Details of the international development and the new program labels can be found here: http://www.fairtrade.net/fsp-overview.html

The new model can be used on composite products where only one ingredient, the cotton, cocoa or sugar, is Fairtrade, and is a departure from the requirement that ‘all that can be’ is Fairtrade.As well as the concerns of producers to increase their sales there are also significant reasons why some other countries want FSP, for example certain governments set criteria for a percentage of local products that may make ‘all that can be’ unviable. The Fairtrade Foundation is going to undertake more consumer research to ensure minimal disruption to the existing Fairtrade market when FSP is introduced.

New support for 100% Fairtrade companies

The Fairtrade Foundation is introducing measures to support 100% Fairtrade companies, who have often been the pioneers and continue to work in a very much more committed and supportive way with producers than supermarkets and big manufacturers. The Foundation is working on a ‘Deepening Strategy’, with all the 100% companies involved in setting the agenda and involved in the decision-making process. The strategy will include the opportunity to apply for matched funding for projects, fast-track labelling, a learning platform, and media access.

20th anniversary of Fairtrade Mark in UK

2014 is the anniversary year, and this will be integrated in other activities through the year. A 20th anniversary manifesto will be launched in the autumn and will look at the achievements and challenges over the past 20 years, and the vision for the next 20 years.

Suppliers of Fairtrade tea, coffee and other supplies

If you already have a wholesale supplier, initially ask for Fairtrade supplies - because of the increase in demand for Fairtrade many suppliers are likely to be able to respond positively. If not there are a number of wholesalers available. See the Fairtrade Foundation website for a directory of wholesalers – click on Products, Catering Products and then East & South-East England.

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Traidcraft, one of the first Fairtrade wholesalers, has recently extended its small order wholesale facility, to churches. If you don’t have a Fairtrade supplier at the moment (or even if you do) we recommend this Traidcraft facility.

For information go to their website, or telephone 0870 444 1543 if you have any queries.  You can browse their full catalogue online or order a printed copy.

In an emergency of course all major supermarkets and many smaller outlets, including most Oxfam shops, now stock Fairtrade products e.g. tea, coffee, sugar and biscuits at competitive prices – look for the Fairtrade logo.  Our research shows that Fairtrade products are not normally more expensive and quite often cheaper than their non Fairtrade counterparts.

Fairtrade Communion Wine

Fairtrade Communion Wine has been introduced this year and is available from Whitebridge Wines, Unit 21, Whitebridge Estate, Stone, Staffs, ST15 8LQ or from their website.

Bishop's Advisor for Fairtrade

David Potter is the Bishop's Advisor on Fairtrade.

David can be contacted on david.potter2012@btinternet.com

Useful reading

Two best books are:

  • 50 Reasons to buy Fairtrade: Miles Litvinoff and John Madeley. £7.99
  • Fighting the Banana Wars and other Fairtrade Battles: Harriet Lamb. £10.99

There are many excellent books available on the subject including some wonderful cookery books!

Useful documents to download:

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