“The economy should work for people, and not the other way around.” – Economic Justice for All, USCCB, 1986
The idea of fairness in trade is at least as old as our Christian faith. In fact, a good way to think about fair trade is to reflect on Jesus’ life as a carpenter, when he worked alongside his adoptive father, Joseph, and before he began his public ministry. At its heart, fair trade is about building respectful, enduring relationships.
Through our purchases of Fair Trade items we:
- Exalt the HUMAN DIGNITY of small-scale producers overseas;
- Exercise a preferential OPTION FOR THE POOR;
- Act in SOLIDARITY with our brothers and sisters in need;
- Ensure that farmers and artisans earn a JUST WAGE;
- Contribute to a more just DISTRIBUTION OF WEALTH;
- Apply the principle of SUBSIDIARITY; and
- Practice responsible STEWARDSHIP of our natural resources.
These themes represent the foundation of a truly just economic order.
Equal Exchange Fair Trade Coffee for Sale
The Catholic Commission of Summit County is now selling fair trade coffee for your personal use. Call Diane Zbasnik at 330-535-2787 for placing an order and arranging delivery. We accept cash or check only (made payable to: Catholic Charities). Click here for products and pricing