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We offer Lutheran World Relief Fair Trade coffee for sale in our narthex.

Through partnerships established with Lutheran World Relief, proceeds support small producers in poor, underdeveloped countries.

Fair Trade is a method of doing business with justice and morality. It helps small-scale farmers and artisans participate in the global marketplace without being exploited, and gives consumers product choices that are in line with their values.

Fair Trade’s principles include:

  • Fairness — helping level the playing field between producers from poor, remote regions of the world and big corporations from wealthy countries
  • Opposing cruel working conditions
  • Promoting democratic principles
  • Protecting children
  • Supporting women’s rights
  • Good stewardship of resources and the environment

Guaranteeing farmers and artisans a fair price based on their cost of production, cost of living and the quality of their productFair Trade requires:

  • Supporting development by paying an additional “social premium” that gets invested into community projects
  • Working with democratically-run organizations that give members a voice, the power to negotiate better prices,and the ability to ride out hard times
  • Providing up-front payment or affordable credit, which lets the farmers and artisans invest in equipment or materials to improve their production
  • Following labor regulations so that children are not forced to work at the expense of going to school
  • Adhering to strict regulations that protect natural resources for future generations

Fair Trade is more than just business: it proves that compassion and integrity in world trade are possible. It highlights the need for change in the rules of conventional trade and shows how a successful business can put people first.

Fair Trade promotes development. The farmer and artisan associations who are involved in Fair Trade reinvest a share of the proceeds into their communities through projects such as:

  • Building wells and clean water systems
  • Constructing roads
  • Investing in health clinics
  • Expanding schools
  • Offering affordable credit to their members