The United Nations has named 2012 the International Year of Cooperatives. A PC(USA) team is planning activities in 2012 to raise awareness in the church about cooperatives and to celebrate the UN International Year. Stay tuned to this website for details, or register your interest in participating by sending an email.
Engage your congregation or study group about Fair Trade. Every purchase joins with other purchases to make a difference in the lives of small-scale artisans and farmers all over the world. Put faith in action by learning about Fair Trade, praying for artisans and farmers and the struggles they face, and shifting some of your purchases, as well as those of your family and your congregation, to benefit Fair Trade farmers and artisans.
Bible Study: Fair Trade: Using our Purchasing Power for Justice and Hope - authored by Rev. Judy Hoffhine and Ruth Brand Farrell and available from Partners for Just Trade.
Download the Small Farmer Fund flyer.
Download a promotional flier about Sweat-Free Ts.
General Fair Trade materials
Educational information on Fair Trade from the Fair Trade Federation.
Download or order the Guide to Fair Trade from Green America.
Download or order the Guide to Ending Sweatshops from Green America.
Download speech from an Equal Exchange co-founder: Last fall, Rink Dickinson delivered a speech reflecting on Fair Trade and analyzing recent developments in the movement. Over 25 years’ worth of gains in Fair Trade (which aims to support small-scale, marginalized and impoverished farmers) are at risk as corporations have begun to dominate the movement. While we would like to be able to celebrate corporations’ support of fair wages and community development, in recent months this has led to an overall lowering of Fair Trade certification standards, actually undermining the very people Fair Trade was meant to help.
Education, engagement and advocacy organizations
Green America (formerly Co-Op America)