Fair Trade

“Enslaving poverty in a world of abundance is an intolerable violation of God’s good creation.”
Book of Confessions, 9.46

A form of hunger ministry

The Presbyterian Hunger Program works to alleviate hunger and eliminate its causes.

Fair Trade is an economic model that helps people:

  • Access needed resources
  • Provide for their families
  • Gain control over their lives
  • Live with increased dignity
  • Tell their stories 

The PC(USA) has been involved in Fair Trade since 2001, when the Presbyterian Coffee Project was launched.

Did you know?

The PC(USA)’s Fair Trade work is coordinated by the Presbyterian Hunger Program, thanks in part to support by the One Great Hour of Sharing Offering. PHP is thankful for the continued generosity of Presbyterians that enables us—together—to witness the healing love of Christ. Learn how your congregation can support OGHS, or give today.

Today quite a variety of Fair Trade products is available in the marketplace. This page lists products and groups evaluated by PC(USA) to be doing good work and operating in ways that are consistent with the values of the PC(USA). Please note that a listing on this page does not constitute endorsement.

How does PC(USA) choose which products and companies to promote?

World Fair Trade Organization logoFair Trade groups wishing to work with PC(USA) complete a Vendor Profile Form that we evaluate through our Global Marketplace program. (In some cases we also have a programmatic relationship with the organization, for example SERRV and Equal Exchange.) Organizations are primarily assessed based on the World Fair Trade Organization’s 10 principles of Fair Traderegarding social, economic and environmental standards. We look for certification by independent third-party monitors, a commitment to trading 100% in Fair Trade, active involvement in the Fair Trade movement, demonstrated commitment to producer development and empowerment, and dedication to consumer education. We consider input by PC(USA) mission personnel and ecumenical partners where appropriate.


Equal Exchange logo

Equal Exchange helped pioneer the Fair Trade coffee movement in the United States in the late 1980s. A worker-owned cooperative, Equal Exchange has an Interfaith Department dedicated to serving congregations and denominational partnerships including the Presbyterian Coffee Project. Each year Equal Exchange gives a portion of proceeds from Presbyterian purchases of coffee, tea and other products to the Presbyterian Small Farmer Fund; administered by the Presbyterian Hunger Program, these funds are disbursed as grants for producer cooperatives’ own development projects.


Café JCafe Justo logousto is a farmer-owned cooperative based in Mexico, formed to address the causes of labor migration from Mexico to the USA. Begun as an outreach of Presbyterian Border Ministry, the cooperative is made of coffee producers in Chiapas Mexico and roasters on the US-Mexico border.                               

Chocolate and Cocoa

Divine Chocolate logoDivine Chocolate is a Fair Trade chocolate company in which the farmers also own 45% of the company, which gives the farmers a share of Divine’s profits and a stronger voice in the cocoa industry. The cacao in Divine comes from the Kuapa Kokoo cooperative in Ghana. We promote Divine through our partnership with SERRV.

Equal Exchange hot cocoa mixes and chocolate bars are available through the Presbyterian Coffee Project. The cacao in Equal Exchange chocolate products comes from CONACADO in the Dominican Republic, COCABO in Panama, CACVRA in Peru, and Fortaleza del Valle co-operative in Ecuador; fairly traded organic sugar comes from co-operatives in Paraguay and fairly traded vanilla comes from Madagascar.

Dried Fruit

Partners for Just Trade logoPartners for Just Trade is a non-profit Christian organization that builds partnerships between artisans and producers living in extreme poverty and conscientious consumers. PJT’s dried fruit snack products such as pineapple, papaya, mango and banana are made possible thanks to the hard work of fruit farmers in Cameroon and PHP’s support through Joining Hands.


(home decor, food items, jewelry, textiles, games, instruments and more)

An extensive variety of handcraft products are available from a range of producer groups all over the world. Please visit the Global Marketplace page to explore the many groups partnering with PC(USA) for congregational sales and national events.

Olive Oil

Import Peace Olive Oil logoImport Peace seeks to foster economic development and growth opportunities for olive oil from the West Bank to ease poverty and hardship. Net proceeds are reinvested in Palestine for olive tree plantings and local development projects. Olive oil is sourced through thePalestine Fair Trade Association. Import Peace was founded by a Presbyterian as a result of a Presbyterian Peacemaking Program seminar in Israel in Palestine and in 2011 is merging with Zatoun.

Equal Exchange now offers Fair Trade olive oil, which comes from two farmer cooperatives which are part of thePalestinian Agricultural Relief Committees (PARC), a non-profit, non-governmental organization in the West Bank which is a member of the World Fair Trade Organization.

Sindyanna of Galilee logoSindyanna of Galilee is a women-led non-profit that works with the Arab community in Israel and trades with Fair Trade producers both from inside Israel and from the Palestinian West Bank. Sindyanna seeks to show that solutions to conflict begin with creating real economic opportunities and has received funding from the One Great Hour of Sharing through the Presbyterian Hunger Program. We promote Sindyanna through our partnership with SERRV.


EiEighth Wonder logoghth Wonder is supports the indigenous cultures of northern Luzon, Philippines and their centuries-old tradition of community rice farming. Eighth Wonder works directly with the farmers to develop and sell their exceptional heirloom rice in North America.



Equal Exchange sources its teas from small farmers rather than large plantations and is working to build a stronger system that values the voice of small farmers, their products, and democracy in trade. Teas come from small farmer partners in India, Sri Lanka, South Africa, and the US.

T-shirts and Apparel

PC(USA) Sweat-Free Ts is your source for sweatshop-free t-shirts from a women’s sewing cooperative in Nicaragua that has received funding from the One Great Hour of Sharing. Shirts are warehoused in Presbyterian Distribution and ready for printing by your youth group, mission trip, or other group.

Maggie’s Organics and a handful of other companies are piloting Fair Trade standards for apparel in the US. Learn more about the pilot here.

Other Fair Trade Products

For other products see the PC(USA) Global Marketplace page and Fair Trade USA’s products page (note that companies listed on the Fair Trade USA page are not necessarily evaluated by PC(USA)).

Related Initiatives

Eco-Palms logoEco-Palms – Sustainably harvested palm branches that pay harvesters fairly are available for your congregation’s use on Palm Sunday. While not currently a Fair Trade certified product, Eco-Palms as an ecumenical program is structured similarly to Fair Trade and operates using Fair Trade principles. Eco-Palms come from cooperatives and harvesting communities in Guatemala and Mexico.


Sweat Free T logoSweat-Free Ts – Organic cotton t-shirts from a women’s sewing cooperative in Nicaragua are available for your youth group, mission trip, summer camp or congregational celebration. Like Eco-Palms, t-shirts are not currently a Fair Trade certified product, though the PC(USA) program is structured similarly to Fair Trade and operates using Fair Trade principles.

Are there any Fair Trade stores or companies in my area?

Search Fair Trade Federation by zip code, state, product type, company name, organization name or country for stores, companies and organizations fully committed to Fair Trade. If a group is listed as a member of FTF you know they are Fair Trade.

What Fair Trade products are nearby?

To find individual products in your area (at stores that are not necessarily Fair Trade stores), download the Fair Trade Finder app (for Facebook, iPhone and Android) to help you find stores that sell Fair Trade based on your location.

Where do I order online?

The PC(USA) Global Marketplace is your Presbyterian source for Fair Trade products.

Search Fair Trade Federation by zip code, state, product type, company name, organization name or country for stores, companies and organizations fully committed to Fair Trade. If a group is listed as a member of FTF you know they are Fair Trade.

How do I look up products and companies?

Visit Fair Trade USA for a full list of certified products and companies.

What labels and seals do I look for on products when shopping?

Look for the following labels on products from these three Fair Trade certifying organizations:*

Fairtrade International (formerly Fairtrade Labeling Organization or FLO)

Institute for Market Ecology (IMO)

Fair Trade USA

*Note there is no certification for Fair Trade handcrafts. If a product comes from one of the organizations belonging to the Fair Trade Federation, the product is fairly traded. If you are unsure of which organization or company a product comes from, ask the sales clerk or store manager. Make it a practice to ask stores about their purchasing and whether any of the products they carry are Fair Trade.

The World Fair Trade Organization is a strong Fair Trade producer support association.

If you are visiting a website and the company or organization displays the World Fair Trade Organization logo, you know they are Fair Trade.

Incorporate prayers for Fair Trade farmers and artisans all over the world into your own prayers and into the prayers of your congregation.

Use Fair Trade coffee, tea, cocoa and other products during fellowship hour and anywhere coffee is served at church. Visit the Presbyterian Coffee Project page for congregations for ideas on how to get started and keep momentum going.

Host a sale: Sell Fair Trade products to members. Check out our Presbyterian Coffee Project sales page and Global Marketplace Host a Sale page for ideas.

Educate members of the congregation and community using Educational Materials from PC(USA) and Fair Trade partner organizations.

Offer a Fair Trade Bible Study at church using Fair Trade: Using our Purchasing Power for Justice and Hope by Rev. Judy Hoffhine and Ruth Brand Farrell.

Preach about Fair Trade or otherwise lift up Fair Trade stories and good news during worship.

Encourage other congregations in your neighborhood or Presbytery to support Fair Trade. Also consider working with your Presbytery’s camp or conference center, local campus ministries or other Presbyterian facilities or ministries within your Presbytery’s bounds.

Fair Trade Your Congregation: Encourage your church to support and commit to Fair Trade.


Fair Trade Your Town:Encourage your town, city or county government to make a commitment to support Fair Trade.


Fair Trade Your College or University


Fair Trade Your School: Encourage the schools in your community to make a commitment to support Fair Trade.

  • Start or support a Fair Trade School campaign in your community.
  • Utilize Sunday School as a way to educate the children in your congregation the value of choosing Fair Trade and ethical options.


Presbyterian Hunger Program Bible Study

This one-session Bible study will give participants the opportunity to reflect on the biblical call to work as partners with people who have been made poor in order to address hunger and its causes.
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