Products and Partners
“As followers of Christ, we are challenged to make a fundamental ‘option for the poor’—to speak for the voiceless, to defend the defenseless, to assess life styles, policies, and social institutions in terms of their impact on the poor…those with the greatest needs require the greatest response.
-Economic Justice for All
Just as Catholic Relief Services responds in other countries to ease poverty, hunger and injustice, here at home we work to transform the world through tangible acts of solidarity. The CRS Fair Trade Program creates opportunities for you to bring the values of our faith to bear in the marketplace, and to make consumer choices that help lift our brothers and sisters around the world out of poverty. CRS works in partnership with fifteen fair trade partners to bring fair trade handcrafts, coffee and chocolate to thousands of communities across the United States.
Catholic parishes host Consignment Sales to create ethical consumption opportunities for members of their communities. Catholic institutions serve exclusively fair trade coffee as a demonstration of their commitment to live out Gospel values. Teachers in Catholic schools use fair trade chocolate as a way to bring the lessons of Catholic social teaching into their classrooms.
Through CRS Fair Trade, the number of Catholic individuals and organizations involved in the fast-growing fair trade movement increases every year. Click on one of our program areas below for ways your home or parish can become involved!