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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.
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.
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 and monthly sales have dropped to a low level so we have decided to stop the monthly fairtrade stall. However, we are happy to take orders for any Traidcraft items from the catalogue particularly in the run up to Christmas. We continue to use fairly traded tea, coffee and sugar in the Parish Room after services and at all other church events.