Why your place of worship 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.

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

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 this 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.

How to become a Fairtrade Place of Worship

To become a Fairtrade Place of Worship, your temple, gurdwara or other place of worship needs to meet the following criteria for our new application form being launched in autumn this year. 

  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.   

You can now commit to the Fairtrade Place of Worship scheme online. Please email us at faiths@fairtrade.org.uk with your place of worship’s address and postcode to receive your personalised form.

Once your application has been processed, we will send you a Fairtrade Place of Worship certificate for you to display.  

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. And we can offer lots of advice, support and promotional materials to help you. 

If you would like ideas on how you can promote Fairtrade in your place of worship, you might like to read our Fairtrade Fortnight 2020 Campaigner Action Guide which is packed with ideas for events and activities. You can also email us at faiths@fairtrade.org.uk or telephone us on 020 7440 8593 if you have any questions.  

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 list of products available.

If you have a question regarding Fairtrade Places of Worship, send us an email at faiths@fairtrade.org.uk