Our steering committee has expanded the directory project to now include all of Oregon and congregations. Fair trade has been important to Oregonians for a long time and we want to leverage that power to raise the bar and encourage more community leaders to get involved and create change through ethical trading practices.
Long time fair trade businesses like Moxie Fair Trade in Manzanita and One Fair World in Salem will now be apart of our directory, as well as a plethora of great local, ethical businesses we’re busily gathering information about to put in the directory. You can help by sending our survey to any business in your community that may carry fair trade products.
Faith Organizations have also been long time supporters of fair trade. The Mennonite Church in fact, founded the fair trade movement. Following suit, Catholic Relief Services and Lutheran World Relief have all made fair trade a large part of their work, setting an example for small and large ministries across the nation to support fair trade producers by exclusively serving fair trade coffee and tea being an agent for selling their goods. Equal Exchange’s Interfaith Program helps congregations build a more just food system by fundraising through the sell of fair trade coffee, chocolate and tea. A recent non profit called Fair Trade Judaica headed by Illana Schatz works to build a fair trade movement in Jewish communities by reflecting on how our actions truly express our values.
FAIR TRADE CONGREGATIONAL SURVEY
Oregon’s first ever Fair Trade Directory will serve as a community resource for finding ethically sourced, authentic fairly traded products in Oregon.
We would love to include your faith organization in our Congregation Section of the directory to encourage and showcase congregations that support fair trade by either using fair trade products (coffee, tea, chocolate, etc.) or selling them.
We ask that you support our efforts by completing this very short, 6 question survey whether you currently serve or sell fair trade products or not or to what extent you’d like to be involved with fair trade.
Here is a link to the survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LYMCHLB.
We invite you to collaborate with us in raising awareness and making fair trade a larger part or our community culture! Let’s raise the bar and encourage all of Portland to be fair trade!