The Doves support Fairtrade
You show love for others by truly helping them, and not merely by talking about it. 1 John 3:18
During Fairtrade Fortnight 2011 the Doves Youth Group will be held a special Fairtrade tasting session, hosted a guest speaker from Fairtrade Swansea during Fairtrade fortnight, raised awarness of Fair Trade in the Parish, took part in the Traidcraft Big Brew (which raised £10) and volunteered on the Parish Fairtrade stall! Plus, in May 2011 we got our Fairtrade Policy approved and endorsed by the Wales Co-operative and Fairtrade Wales.
Our Fairtrade Policy
FAIR TRADE POLICY
We the undersigned commit to making Fair Trade part of our business practice.
1. We have decided that this youth group will support, promote and use Fair Trade products.
2. We have appointed a Co-ordinator who is responsible for our Fair Trade policy.
3. Volunteers and members understand the meaning of Fair Trade, recognise the benefits that it brings to producers and are aware of the range of Fair Trade products available.
4. Volunteers, Members and Guest Speakers have access to Fair Trade refreshments.
* The kitchen is stocked with Fair Trade tea, coffee and sugar
* We will endeavour to provide Fair Trade Refreshments (biscuits, fruit, etc in addition to Fair Trade tea and coffee).
5. Fair Trade tea and coffee is available in our meetings and offered to visitors.
6. When booking outside venues we always request Fair Trade refreshments.
7. Communications materials (website, facebook group, Parish Newsletter and Diocese Newspaper) have and will periodically run a feature on Fair Trade.
8. We will celebrate and promote Fair Trade at least once a year. In 2011 we are hosting a speaker from the Swansea Fairtrade Group, running a Traidcraft Big Brew event and volunteering on the Parish Fair Trade Fortnight Stall. We will endeavour to make these events a yearly occurrence.
Going the extra mile for Fair Trade:
* We will send a representative to our local Fair Trade steering group when possible. We have already liaised with Fair Trade Swansea on this matter and minutes from these meetings are recieved by the group.
Organisation Director Fr. Ceirion Gilbert
Fair Trade Co-ordinator Rachel Davies
Date: 17th January 2011
Business description: Youth Group with volunteers
Number of staff: 6 volunteers
Special Doves Meeting with Alan from Fairtrade Swansea.
On March 6th we welcomed Alan who had recently returned from Africa to help out on a project involving fairtrade. Alan helped us understand the inequalities of international trade, the beniefits of fairtrade and what fairtrade means.
We then tasted some fairtrade products including cola, cookies, fruit, juice and chocolate!
We also held a big brew so parents could try Fairtrade tea or coffee and biscuits.
What is Fairtrade?
“Fairtrade is a strategy for poverty alleviation and sustainable development. Its purpose is to create opportunities for producers and workers who have been economically disadvantaged or
marginalized by the conventional trading system. If fair access to markets under better trade conditions would help them to overcome barriers to development, they can join Fairtrade.”
Fairtrade is a tool for development that ensures disadvantaged farmers and workers in developing countries get a better deal through the use of the international FAIRTRADE Mark.
Fairtrade Labelling was created in the Netherlands in the late 1980s. The Max Havelaar Foundation launched the first Fairtrade consumer guarantee label in 1988 on coffee sourced from Mexico. Here in the UK, the Fairtrade Foundation was established in 1992, with the first products to carry the FAIRTRADE Mark launched in 1994.
The FAIRTRADE Mark is a registered certification label for products sourced from producers in developing countries. For a product to display the FAIRTRADE Mark it must meet international Fairtrade standards which are set by the international certification body Fairtrade Labelling Organisations International(FLO). These standards are agreed through a process of research and consultation with key participants in the Fairtrade scheme, including producers themselves, traders, NGOs, academic institutions and labelling organisations such as the Fairtrade Foundation.
Information from: the Fairtrade foundation.
Swansea Fairtrade Forum
The Swansea Fair Trade Forum is the main source of Fair Trade information and activity in Swansea. The Swansea Fair Trade Forum (formerly Swansea Fairtrade City Initiative) was founded in September 2002 and achieved Fairtrade City Status for the City and County of Swansea in December 2004 (Awarded by the Fairtrade Foundation). It is a network of local groups, businesses and individuals committed to the principles of Fair Trade. Find out more on there website: http://www.fairtradeswansea.org.uk/
The Swansea Fairtrade Forum has organised some great events in and around Swansea during fairtrade fortnight 2011 download the pdfs to see the details!