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Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world. St John's became a Fairtrade Church in 2004 and joined almost 7,000 churches who support this campaign. Bradford Diocese has been awarded Fairtrade status as over 50% of its churches are actively committed to Fairtrade.
On the 2nd Sunday of the month we run a Fairtrade stall selling a range of fairly traded goods. We are happy to take orders for additional Traidcraft items from the catalogue. We use Fairtrade tea, coffee and sugar in the Parish Room after services and at all other church events.
The Fair Trade movement has grown enormously since it was first established in the 1950s with many people now regularly purchasing Fairtrade products during their weekly shop. But there is still more to do, if the world is to truly be a fairer place to live.
The FAIR TRADE Mark is an independent consumer label which appears on products as an independent guarantee that disadvantaged producers in the developing world are getting a better deal. There are now over 1,500 Fairtrade retail and catering products available in the UK .
In 2011, we organised a workshop for the children who made a temporary altar frontal for St John's to use at the special Fairtrade service. Adults attending Cornerstone Cafe that morning, and church services the following day, were encouraged to sign 'Take a Step for Fairtrade' cards.