Justice, Peace & Integrity of Creation

Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate  United States Province

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Focus Areas: Human Dignity: Economic Justice: International Trade
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Fair Trade

Love your neighbor as yourself. – Matthew 22:39

A Look at Fair Trade

Fair Trade Programs give consumers the opportunity to purchase goods from producers who were paid a fair price for their work. It also offers equitable partnerships between marketers in North America and producers in Asia, Africa Latin America and the Caribbean.

Fair Trade Criteria include:

  • Paying a fair wage in the local context
  • Offering employees opportunities for advancement
  • Providing equal employment opportunities for all people
  • Engaging in environmentally sustainable practices
  • Being open to public accountability
  • Building healthy and safe working conditions within the local context
  • Providing financial and technical assistance to producers whenever possible
  • Ensuring that there is no abuse of child labor

Fair Trade Benefits:

  • Generates fair income for thousands of artisans around the world
  • Educates consumers about trade and cultures
  • Promotes people-to-people ties among artisans, traders and consumers
  • Promotes gender equity: 70% of craft artisans are women
  • Provides resources for education, health care and community development
  • Promotes environmental stewardship
  • Provides income between harvest cycles, when rural communities most need it
  • Promotes democratic participation in cooperative group structures
  • Ensures that artistic technologies in indigenous cultures are passed on to the next generations and preserves traditional cultures

Some common Fair Trade Products:

  • Coffee, tea and chocolate
  • Clothing
  • A wide variety of handicrafts
  • Hand-knotted rugs — look for the RUGMARK label

What the Oblate JPIC Office is doing:

The Oblate JPIC Office coordinates a small fair trade program featuring handicrafts made by a community of indigenous people in Bangladesh. Fair trade means that people benefit in a substantive way from the international market, receiving a decent price for their goods.

What you can do:

Make a commitment to Fair Trade. Challenge yourself to shift a percentage of the money you spend on food and goods to Fair Trade products. This will make a big difference in the lives of artisans and farmers worldwide.

To purchase Fair Trade items or for more information:

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