How to become a Fairtrade Church

Why a Fairtrade church?  Sharing our thoughts...

Powerpoint from our 2009 conference with a lot of helpful ideas
for promoting Fairtrade in our parishes


A leaflet about the London Diocese Fairtrade Campaign is now available to download                                                             Download


Step 1
Join the Diocesan campaign by completing a questionnaire if you have not already filled one in for the campaign representative in your deanery, or if you did not reply to the initial survey.
Tell us about the current state of your church's involvement with Fairtrade, and send it to the address at the end of the document. 
Make sure you nominate a Fairtrade contact for your church.  The campaign representative for the deanery will make contact with you. To find out who your local campaign representative is, contact us, telling us to which deanery you belong.

Step 2
Start using Fairtrade tea and coffee.  There is a wide range to choose from.  All the information you need can be found at the Fairtrade Foundation.  Traidcraft has an account especially suitable for small caterers eg churches, with free P+P on orders over £50.  Details and an application form  However you don't have to have an account with Traidcraft to become a Fairtrade church. Buying Fairtrade tea and coffee from the supermarket is also completely acceptable - what counts is the Fairtrade mark on the pack!

Ideas to help you get started can be found in the Resources section.
Don't forget to share your ideas with us to inspire others.

Step 3
You can apply for a Fairtrade Poster certificate for your church from the Fairtrade Foundation if the PCC has agreed to:

Use Fairtrade tea and coffee for all services and meetings for which you have responsibility, when refreshments are normally served

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


Step 4

Fill in the application form for your certificate and send it off.

Step 5
Don’t forget to tell us when you receive your certificate so we can count you in for the London Fairtrade Diocese Campaign. For reasons of data protection, we do not receive details from the Fairtrade Foundation of churches who have received certificates, so we rely on you to tell us Email us

Step 6
Underpin all of this with prayer and worship, study and action. You may want to celebrate with a special Fairtrade covenant service. See also Resources

For further ideas see Fairtrade Pledge Tree, the summary of a workshop for churches involved in Fairtrade but without a certificate yet, and the summary of a workshop for churches who have a FT certificate

‘The fields of the poor may produce abundant food, but injustice sweeps it all away ....' Proverbs 13:23