Fairtrade churches

Churches organise hundreds of Fairtrade events throughout the year in a bid to support trade justice and help alleviate poverty.

‘What does the Lord require of us: to act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with our God’  Micah 6:8.

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 churches are making the connection between trade and poverty and committing to using Fairtrade products including tea, coffee, sugar and biscuits.

Churches organise hundreds of events throughout the year and particularly during the annual Fairtrade Fortnight as well as including prayers and readings about Fairtrade in their worship.

More than 7,500 churches from a range of denominations have also worked to have their support of Fairtrade officially recognised by achieving Fairtrade Church status.

Read more about the benefits of buying products with the FAIRTRADE Mark

How to become a Fairtrade Church – the three goals

To be part of the campaign by becoming a Fairtrade Church, please register with us. Your church must commit to:  

  1. Use Fairtrade products wherever possible (at least tea, coffee and sugar) and to share this information with congregants. 
  2. Celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight and integrate Fairtrade into the life of your place of worship through other faith-based holidays, sermons and services. 
  3. Engage with other Fairtrade campaigns and connect with community groups, such as schools and towns, where possible.  

The Fairtrade Place of Worship scheme will be re-launched here with a new online application from 1 December. Please email us at volunteer.faiths@fairtrade.org.uk if you are ready to apply before then to receive the form, or use the current form, which will be accepted until the end of December 2019. 

Once your application has been processed, we will send you a pack of materials including a Fairtrade Church certificate to display in your church. 

Please return the completed application form to the Fairtrade Foundation by email or post to Fairtrade Church Application, The Fairtrade Foundation, 5.7 The Loom, 14 Gower's Walk London E1 8PY before 31 December. 

How you can show your support for Fairtrade

There are lots of other ways you can support Fairtrade and make a real difference to promoting the fight for justice in international trade. We can also offer lots of advice, support and promotional materials to help you. 

  • Check out our list of resources and activities - email us at volunteer.faiths@fairtrade.org.uk if you have something to add. 
  • Sign up to the Fairtrade Churches e-newsletter that contains all the latest news and information about events and products, which will be of interest to Fairtrade Churches 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. 
  • If you would like to order promotional materials to support your campaign, you can order materials online or call 020 7440 7676. 

If you have a question regarding Fairtrade Churches, please contact us.  

Links to other organisations

The Fairtrade Foundation Churches scheme is supported by 12 organisations committed to the principles of the Fairtrade Foundation.

These organisations promote Fairtrade Fortnight every year through their own campaigns, events and materials to help their supporters and churches support Fairtrade.

Having these organisations supporting the Fairtrade Churches scheme makes a powerful statement that the leading Christian organisations and NGOs in the UK support Fairtrade as a key solution to making trade fairer for developing countries.

Baptist Union

CAFOD

Christian Aid

Church of England

Church of Scotland

Mothers Union

MRDF

SCIAF

Tearfund

Traidcraft

URC (Commitment for Life)

USPG - Anglicans in World Mission

Christian Concern for One World

Quaker Peace and Socal Witness