Fair Trade

“Every economic…action must set about providing each inhabitant of the planet with the minimum wherewithal to live in dignity and freedom, with the possibility of supporting a family, educating children, praising God and developing one’s own human potential.”

-Pope Francis

Our faith calls us to live out our Gospel values on a daily basis.  The Catholic social teaching principles of respecting the dignity of work and caring for the poor are key ways in which we can do this.  Fair trade helps us bring the core values of our faith to the choices we make as consumers. It offers a framework that ensures producers all over the world, especially the most vulnerable, are being treated and compensated justly through:

  • Fair wages
  • Advancement opportunities
  • Equal employment opportunities
  • Protections for women and children
  • Environmentally sustainable practices
  • Transparency
  • Strong trade relationships
  • Healthy and safe working conditions
  • Financial and technical assistance to producers

Visit Serrv and begin your holiday shopping here.  You will find a wonderful variety of items, from coffee and chocolate, jewelry, clothing…all by independent artisans and farmers from around the world.  View an informational video here.