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


Each of us is called to do our part as consumers to ensure that the economy works for everyone.
Pope Benedict XVI reminds us that, “It is good for people to realize that purchasing is always a moral – and not simply economic – act. Hence the consumer has a specific social responsibility, which goes hand-in-hand with the social responsibility of the enterprise.” (Caritas in Veritate) He goes on to say that our daily consumer roles “can be exercised with respect for moral principles without diminishing the intrinsic economic rationality of the act of purchasing.”

Fair Trade creates opportunities for us to respond to this call in a small but significant way every day through the choices we make as consumers. When we make the conscious choice to purchase Fair Trade items, we are putting the values of Catholic social teaching into action, and working to realize our vision of economic justice. The resources at CRS can help you explore how Catholic social teaching relates to fair trade in more detail. ~ Catholic Relief Services


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