Why your mosque should back Fairtrade
Fairtrade is making a real difference to the lives of more than 7 million farmers, workers and their families in 59 developing countries.
Faith groups are key supporters of Fairtrade and more and more are making the connection between trade and poverty and committing to using Fairtrade products including tea, coffee, sugar and biscuits.
Seeking justice in the world is a fundamental tenet of all faiths. Campaigning for Fairtrade is one way in which many faith groups are pursuing that goal.
If you would like to get involved in a practical and empowering scheme which gets the whole community involved, then you can take part in our Fairtrade Places of Worship scheme.
You can read about the benefits of buying products with the FAIRTRADE Mark here.
How to become a Fairtrade Mosque
To become a Fairtrade Place of Worship, your mosque needs to meet three goals which are about pledging to use and promote Fairtrade products.
The three goals are:
- Serve Fairtrade tea and coffee for all meetings and events (for which you have responsibility)
- Move forward on using other Fairtrade products such as sugar, biscuits and fruit
- Promote Fairtrade during Fairtrade Fortnight and during the year through events, worship and other activities whenever possible
If you would like to apply to become a Fairtrade Mosque, please fill in our mosque application form and return it to us via email or post to Fairtrade Mosques, The Fairtrade Foundation, 5.7 The Loom, Gowers Walk, London, E1 8PY.
Once we receive your application and it is approved, we will then send you an official Fairtrade certificate and other materials to help you get started with your campaign!
Support, resources and activities
If you would like ideas on how you can promote Fairtrade in your place of worship, read our Fairtrade Fortnight 2014 Action Guide, which is packed with ideas for events and activities. You can also email us or telephone us on 020 7440 8593 if you have any questions.
There are lots of other ways you can also support Fairtrade and make a real difference to promoting the fight for justice in international trade. And we can offer lots of advice, support and promotional materials to help you.
Sign up to the Fairtrade Faiths e-newsletter which contains all the latest news and information about events and products which will be of interest to Fairtrade Mosques and those working towards status.
If you would like to purchase Fairtrade products such as Fairtrade tea, coffee or sugar for your church please visit our product pages for a full listing of products available.
Run a session for children at your place of worship or in a local school introducing them to what Fairtrade is. Download guidance.
If you have a question regarding Fairtrade Mosques, please email us email@example.com
Download Islamic Relief's report on Fairtrade
Download Islamic Relief's Powerpoint presentation on Fairtrade for schools here….LINKS