“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.
CRS Ethical Trade helps people to act on their faith and values through practicing ethical purchasing grounded in Catholic social teaching with a global focus. CRS Ethical Trade partners with companies and organizations that treat workers fairly, invest in the communities where they produce, and promote environmental stewardship through their business practices. Find information and resources about fair and ethically traded products, learn about news in the ethical trade movement, and participate in opportunities to champion a more just workplace for the most vulnerable producers.
Equal Exchange (this is the co-branded page with CRS)
Serrv (co-branded page with CRS)
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