What is Fair Trade?
Poverty reduction through trade forms a key part of the Fair Trade organisation's aims. They support small producers, whether these are independent family businesses, or grouped in associations or co-operatives. It seeks to enable them to move from income insecurity and poverty to economic self-sufficiency and ownership.
The organisation ensures that there is no forced labour in its workforce, members or homeworkers, and all producers comply with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, national/local law on the employment of children, and apply in all instances good working practices.
Organisations which produce Fair Trade products maximise the use of raw materials from sustainably managed sources, buying locally when possible. They use production technologies which help to reduce energy consumption and try to use renewable energy to minimise greenhouse gas emissions. They seek to lessen the impact of their waste stream on the environment and use organic or low pesticide production methods, wherever possible. All organisations use recycled or easily biodegradable materials for packing to the extent possible, and goods are dispatched by sea.
Further information on Fair Trade can be viewed on their website www.fairtrade.org.uk
Being a Fair Trade School
As a Catholic school, we believe it is really important to support those around the world who are less fortunate than ourselves, and to ensure our children are educated in how they can make a difference in the world. In September 2017 we started our Fair Trade journey and we were proud to be awarded FairAchiever Award.
Here at St Catherine’s, we endeavour to buy Fair Trade products when we can, as we feel that Fair Trade practices are important in the world today. Each year, during Fair Trade Fortnight, we hold a “Big Breakfast” using their products, and we have a competition for the children to bake a cake using Fair Trade items which are then sold at “The Big Brew”. The proceeds of The Big Brew are sent to the Fair Trade Foundation, together with any other donations received during the year.