Llandaff – a fairtrade diocese since 2005

Fairtrade symbolsThis means that we:

  • ensure that a range of Fairtrade products is available and served in the Diocese, with Fairtrade products made available and served in every diocesan meeting, wherever held.
  • ensure that only Fairtrade tea and coffee are used and/or sold in at least 60% of Anglican churches within the Diocese, through PCCs passing a resolution to become a ‘Fairtrade Church’.
  • raise awareness of Fairtrade issues in parishes so that individuals in churches and our communities might be encouraged to engage in concerns of justice as part of their normal shopping routine.

Why be a Fairtrade Church?

Responsible churches support Fairtrade because it strengthens the position of poor producers enabling them to find solutions and tackle their poverty.

For growers, Fairtrade means prices that always cover the cost of production and allow for sustainable livelihoods, no matter how low the world price goes for their crops.

For workers, Fairtrade means decent working conditions, and wages that meet international and local labour standards.

The Fairtrade price also includes an additional social premium so that growers can invest in their communities and businesses to

  • Improve their homes, education and healthcare facilities
  • Build roads
  • Diversify into other crops & projects

How can you become a Fairtrade Church?

To become a Fairtrade church, your PCC needs to pass a resolution to use tea and coffee that carries the Fairtrade Mark. From this step you can then seek to make people in your community aware of trade justice and encourage individuals/ groups and businesses to chose Fairtrade products.

If your PCC agrees, you are asked to inform the Llandaff Fairtrade Campaign, who will then send you a Fairtrade church certificate to display.

But does Fairtrade really work?

The Fairtrade Foundation works in partnership with growers, and these people agree that Fairtrade enables their communities to live with dignity. You can read testimonies on their web site.

But we don’t like the taste of Fairtrade tea and coffee.

Since the Fairtrade movement first began the quality and choice of products have greatly increased. There are now many different brands available to suit all tastes.

But it costs more than our usual brands.

Fairtrade tea and coffee costs well under a penny more per cup, but because growers get a much higher price, it makes a big difference to them.

But we already give to charity.

Fairtrade is not a charity; it is about trading in a fair way with communities who often have little economic strength.

But we don’t know how to buy products.

Asda, Co-op, Morrisons, Sainsburys, Safeway, Somerfield, Spar, Tesco & Waitrose supermarkets all have Fairtrade products. You can buy from Oxfam and other shops with a focus on Fairtrade. You can also buy on-line or by mail order from Traidcraft. Many of these suppliers stock products in catering size, useful for church events.

8 ways of promoting Fairtrade in your parish:

  1. Check out Fairtrade at places of work. Work with parishioners to look at work canteens, vending machines, meetings. Catering managers are often able to source Fairtrade products from an existing supplier. Contact Fairtrade Foundation for details.
  2. Use some entertainment to help children or youth of your church understand the issues behind Fairtrade. Run a mini competition to count how many FAIRTRADE products they can see within a given time in a local supermarket. And of course, give a prize for the winner. Some children might like a competition to design your own parish posters promoting Fairtrade.
  3. Organise a parish social event which encourages parishioners to check out the taste of Fairtrade products. With well over 500 things to buy, try inviting people to hold a dinner party using a few Fairtrade Products, invite people to a Fairtrade wine tasting night, arrange a parish meal with Fairtrade food, make your next cake stall one with baking using Fairtrade sugar, dried fruit, chocolate etc.
  4. Engage your local café in the ideas of Fairtrade. Many will be interested in promoting products which are suggested by customers, and you can always encourage parishioners to ask for this to happen.
  5. Set up a Fairtrade stall in church. There is no need to do this regularly, but just at occasional bring and buy sales, fundraising events. See our material for details of setting up stalls or just providing a ‘try before you buy’ stall.Use the materials provided to help your local schools develop the ideas behind shopping and Fairtrade. Many Primary school teachers appreciate help in developing teaching that connects to their required topics, and Fairtrade can cover all sorts – from geography, arithmetic, ethics, art, cooking…
  6. Work on your PCC Fairtrade resolution. Consider appointing someone to keep track of how the parish is implementing the resolution. If your PCC has not yet discussed passing their own Fairtrade resolution, put this on the PCC agenda and contact the world mission group for details.
  7. Use Fairtrade products in any raffle prizes connected with church. Several Mothers’ Union groups have decided to use Fairtrade prizes and winners are pleasantly surprised and excited to win a nice collection of food or wine!Use the material provided to explore the theology behind promoting Fairtrade. This can be a great way of nurturing discipleship, helping people grapple with issues of faith and life-style.
  8. See if you can benefit from any new initiatives from the Fairtrade Foundation. There is no need to feel overwhelmed, but joining in with a national campaigns such as Fairtrade Fortnight (every March) means that lots of material and hard work has already been done – we can simply use the best of resources for our own needs.