What is Fairtrade?

Fairtrade is a simple way to make a difference by thinking carefully about our everyday choices. It’s about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability and fair terms of trade for small-scale farmers.

Farmers and producers in the developing world – and some closer to home – are often the ones who bear the costs and risks of trade, while global companies make the profits.

Fairtrade products such as cocoa, sugar, fruit, cotton and thousands of other top quality goods have been bought by companies for sustainable prices. This ensures that the world’s poorest growers and producers are able to earn a decent living and have a little extra to put back into their communities.

Fairtrade facts

  • More than 1.65 million farmers and workers in 74 countries now get a better deal from Fairtrade
  • Over 500 Catholic parishes across England and Wales are certified Fairtrade
  • One in every three bananas sold in the UK is Fairtrade

Fairtrade and CAFOD fundraising

Being a Fairtrade School

As a Catholic school, we believe it is really important to support those around the world who are less fortunate and to ensure that our children are educated in how they can make a difference in the world. In March 2017 we were very proud to be awarded the FairAware Award, a great start in our Fairtrade journey as a school.

Becoming a Fairtrade School means joining a worldwide movement – a movement where young people learn that, whatever their age, they have the power to make a difference in the world.

It offers a great opportunity to look at global issues such as where our food comes from and how we are connected to people around the world. During our Fairtrade fortnight in February 2017, children across the whole school learnt about different food products and how buying them can help combat poverty, support economies and ensure that we are building a sustainable future for all of us.  When we are teaching about Fairtrade we find that it fits many different curriculum areas, especially Geography, Citizenship and PSHE.

We are now registered on the Fairtrade School Directory and are aiming for our the Fairactive Award. To achieve this, we need to actively promote Fairtrade in our local community and our School Council (who are also our Fairtrade Council) are leading the way on this. We have already been doing this through CAFOD Fast days and promoting the work of CAFOD through the school community.

CAFOD

CAFOD (Catholic Agency for Overseas Development) founded the Fairtrade Foundation in 1992 along with Christian Aid, Oxfam, Traidcraft, the World Development Movement and the National Federation of Women’s Institutes. They believe we are all part of the global food system – which means we have the power to change it. Changing the food we buy and choosing products from Fairtrade companies is one of the ways we can help tackle poverty. As a school CAFOD is one of the Charities that we are committed to raising money for. We have recently been written about locally and regionally regarding our fundraising efforts.

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