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‘’A world freed from the scandal of poverty, where trade is just and people and communities can flourish’’


These are the words of Traidcraft’s vision statement – and what we at our church are contributing towards by using and selling their products. For more information on Traidcraft go to http://www.traidcraft.co.uk/ 


TRAIDCRAFT AUTUMN NEWS 

Trading became more and more difficult as the year progressed: the 23rd June referendum in 2016, was followed on the 24th by a 13% decline in the value of the pound.  As most of their payments are made in dollars, you can see the problem.  Although they were able to hold off increasing their prices until February, they did eventually have to pass these on.  Hence you saw some large increased in the price of coffee in particular. 

They have made some bold decisions that they believe will help them back to profitability and to real commercial strength......but of course they need our continual support. 

With that in mind, please take a copy of the Autumn catalogue and have a look through it, or even better come to the stall and see what items you can buy – if you haven't bought from it before,  try changing just one of your regular items for a Fairtrade one.  It really does make such a difference to the farmers and growers. 

You will have seen from the news and in the papers that Sainsbury's has decided to drop the FT logo and set off on their own pathway. 

Here are some thoughts from Traidcraft

Traidcraft has long been active in the wider fair trade movement.  As part of this we helped to set up the Fairtrade scheme in the UK, including the standards, the label and the certifier (the Fairtrade Foundation).

We did this because we knew that our own purchasing as Traidcraft plc is clearly no more than a drop in the ocean of mainstream trade that keeps communities in poverty around the world. Our analysis is that injustice in trade is enabled by the huge imbalance in power that exists between global brands and retailers and their suppliers. One important way of tackling this (and not the only way by any means) was to set up an independent certification scheme, developed with input from the producers themselves, and where they had a say in the governance.

The system was deliberately designed as independent ‘go between’ to check that both parties keep their side of the bargain – that the farmers are democratically organised and that workers are paid fairly, and that the buyers pay a fair price, pay on time and also pay a social premium. The system developed an important principle of producer ownership, so that producers have a seat at the decision-making table - they decide what the standards are, how they are monitored and reviewed and where the minimum price is set. They also crucially decide how they spend the premium that they earn. These ingredients of independence and producer governance are critical counterweights that enable big companies, that wouldn’t ordinarily choose to operate in this way, to cede some power and participate in more equitable trading relationships.

Traidcraft completely supports these principles.

We subscribe to this definition of Fair Trade agreed by the whole movement back in 2001:

Fair Trade is a trading partnership, based on dialogue, transparency and respect that seeks greater equity in international trade.  It contributes to sustainable development by offering better trading conditions to, and securing the rights of, marginalized producers and workers – especially in the South.  Fair Trade Organizations, backed by consumers, are engaged actively in supporting producers, awareness raising and in campaigning for changes in the rules and practice of conventional international trade.

The real problem with what Sainsbury’s is proposing with its ‘Fairly Traded’ tea pilot is that the standards are not independent and producers have no say in the governance. Instead the companies themselves control and run the schemes. They retain all the power and call the shots. And Sainsbury’s insistence on controlling how farmers spend their premium runs directly counter to the principle of respect, central to Fair Trade. There is nothing to stop Sainsbury’s over time quietly changing the requirement to pay the Fairtrade minimum price. And there would be nothing that we or the farmers involved could do about it – not if they want to retain Sainsbury’s business. And this potential for abuse of power is the exact opposite of what Fair Trade is about. There may be some merits to aspects of what Sainsbury’s are proposing, for example guaranteeing to buy a certain volume for three years, but to call the scheme ‘Fairly Traded’ is downright misleading.

And this is why Traidcraft will campaign to defend the Fairtrade Mark and will support and celebrate those committed to it. We're also delighted to see other supermarkets, including the Co-op and Waitrose, extending their Fairtrade labelled-product range.

So if you feel that what Sainsbury's proposes to do is wrong and you want to support the farmers in their efforts to support themselves and earn a living wage, please consider buying from the Fairtade stall at church on a regular basis........and look out for our Autumn Sale morning with lots of extras to see and buy.

 Maureen Hartridge.


 Thank you for buying Traidcraft,  


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We are a fair trade church in a Fairtrade Town and committed to using fairly traded refreshments at all our meetings and events.

Alongside this we have a stall, stocking delicious food, cards, beautifully crafted jewellery and home accessories from Traidcraft.  

This provides farmers and suppliers with a decent price and working conditions for the goods that they produce.  

You will be able to buy from our stall after services on a Sunday or at the coffee fellowship on Wednesday mornings.  

Do come and see the lovely range we have on offer. 


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Droitwich Spa Fairtrade group first met in June 2005, to ensure continued commitment to its Fairtrade Town status, which was achieved in June 2007 . We are supported by the Town Council and Wychavon District Council . Our small, friendly group, hold  committee  meetings four times a year, engaging in the towns activities and lobbying shops, cafes, and restaurants to stock products with the Fairtrade mark . We work closely with Transitional towns at events and would welcome new members to join our group . http://www.droitwichspafairtrade.org.uk/ .

 

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MICHAEL WATTS,
16 Feb 2012, 14:11
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