Ethical Purchasing

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“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

Our faith calls us to live out our Gospel values on a daily basis.  The Catholic social teaching principles of respecting the dignity of work and caring for the poor are key ways in which we can do this.  Through fair trade and ethical purchasing, we can use our economic power to contribute to the common good and live out these values.

A Commitment to Building Relationships

Fair trade is a trading partnership based on dialogue, transparency, and respect that seeks greater equity in international trade. It contributes to sustainable development by offering better trading conditions to, and securing the rights of, marginalized producers and workers – especially in the Global South.

We at CRS believe that fair trade, at its heart, is about building respectful, enduring relationships. Looking through a wider lens, this embodies a comprehensive set of criteria, including, at a minimum, the following commitments:

These criteria were drawn from the Fair Trade Federation, a trade association for businesses in the United States and Canada.