Franciscan Voice Canada has partnered with the Canadian Fair Trade Network. Its role is to act as an advocate for Fair Trade to our Canadian Franciscan family. We will provide information and ideas as to how fraternities and individuals can support Fair Trade and its work to create a more just and sustainable world.
Andrew Conradi ofs, has prepared a powerpoint presentation titled, Fair Trade, a Franciscan Perspective. It can be used by fraternities and other groups to help better understand Fair Trade from a Franciscan perspective. Click on the link to download the file. Consider using this program for an upcoming fraternity meeting.
Fair Trade Faith Group Program - Franciscan Voice Canada
by Torrye McKenzie, Program Manager, Canadian Fair Trade Network,
16 April 2018
There are 7.5 billion people on planet earth. We all share the same basic needs, yet many lack access to clean water, nutritious food, quality education and/or basic health care.
Ending these injustices is an incredible challenge, but it is possible. As individuals we can help build a better tomorrow for everyone by supporting fair trade.
We depend on others to grow many of the products we enjoy everyday: cocoa, coffee, fruits, vegetables and more. Unfortunately, the supply chains that bring these products to Canada are long and convoluted, which can often lead to exploitation. Fair trade helps to protect farmers and workers who are the most vulnerable to low pay, poor working conditions and environmental devastations.
With fair trade, producers receive a guaranteed minimum price for their products which recognizes the incredible effort it takes to grow food and produce goods. Fair trade standards also promote gender equality, protect the environment, restrict the use of modern slavery and include a social premium on top of wages for community development projects.
You can join the fight for fairer terms of trade by becoming a Fair Trade Faith Group! Seeking justice in the world is a fundamental concept of all faiths. Through supporting fair trade, congregations can pursue that goal and exemplify ethical leadership towards a world that reflects these values.
Fair Trade Faith Groups make the connection between trade and poverty and commit to using Fairtrade certified products including tea and coffee. Having these products available at all gatherings and activities sends a strong and clear message of living the values that the faith group stands for.
How to get started
The Fair Trade Faith Group designation is awarded to faith groups that meet all the criteria within these three requirements:
1 - Committee
A Fair Trade Committee must be formed by members and leaders of the congregation to ensure continued commitment to the Fair Trade Faith Group designation.
2 - Product Availability
There must be available for both congregants and visitors Fairtrade certified coffee, tea and a third product from a different category, such as sugar, chocolate, or bananas.
3- Visibility and Awareness
The faith group must be promoting its fair trade commitment by having promotional and informational material available to both congregants and visitors.
Visit www.cftn.ca/fair-trade-faith-group-materials for full Fair Trade Faith Group Program Requirements.
Visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FairTradeFaithGroupGroupeReligieuxEquitable to fill out the online application
One of Vancouver’s Own Fairtrade Coffee Supplier – Ethical Bean
May 8, 2018 - Margaret Ross, ofs, Minister, St Agnes Fraternity, Coquitlam, BC
Pope Francis (among others) has called for a shift in our economic paradigm – to live a Gospel life, we must put people before profit. We must work for a just distribution of the fruits of the earth and human labor. Companies, like Ethical Bean, that commit to fairtrade certified produce operate through an alternative system to the conventional global markets, and so work towards a more just society. In the fairtrade system, producers are assured a minimum price that is based on the costs of production, not on the volatile market price. Ethical Bean tells us that there is also a Fairtrade premium which allots additional money to the coffee cooperatives to invest back into their community as they see fit. People come first and there is also an attempt to live in greater harmony with the land. The people at Ethical Bean not only love coffee but they love the people that grow it. This is what fairtrade is all about. Often environmental responsibility and community building are part and parcel of companies that are committed to fairtrade because the owners/members of that company do envision a more just world. As an example, see what Ethical Bean is doing, and learn about their approach to responsibility as a coffee company.