Fairtrade FortnightIn recent weeks the children preparing for the sacrament of Confirmation have focused on “Fair Trade” as one of the tangible ways that we as Christians can make a stand for justice. At each of their special Confirmation masses in recent weeks, a basket of Fair Trade goods was presented to the local branch of the St Vincent de Paul Society for distribution.

Fairtrade is an alternative approach to conventional trade and is based on a partnership between producers and consumers. Fairtrade offers producers a better deal and improved terms of trade. This allows them the opportunity to improve their lives and plan for their future. Fairtrade offers consumers a powerful way to reduce poverty through their every day shopping.  When a product carries the FAIRTRADE Mark it means the producers and traders have met Fairtrade Standards. The Standards are designed to address the imbalance of power in trading relationships, unstable markets and the injustices of conventional trade.

Do look out for the Fair Trade Label during Fairtrade Fortnight.