Resolution 2000.03 Promotion of Fair Trade Coffee

Whereas, Coffee is the most important agricultural product exported by developing countries, and

Whereas, Small farmers in developing countries earn very little for their efforts while multinational companies reap large profits, and

Whereas, The International Fair Trade movement links the small farmers directly with importers who pay a fair price, therefore be it

Resolved, That the national council of The Catholic Women’s League of Canada in 80th annual national convention assembled, encourage all members to support efforts of the International Fair Trade movement to deal justly with the coffee growers of developing countries by the promotion of fair trade coffee.


Detailed Action Plan

Promote the use of fair trade coffee.
Promote fair trade coffee in your parish (church groups, etc.) and in your workplace.
Have a social justice speaker inform your membership about trading relations and the impact of fair trade coffee purchases.
Visit the grocery stores and coffee shops and request they carry at least one fair trade brand of coffee.
Write letters to coffee companies and grocery chains requesting them to provide at least one fair trade option for ethical consumers.
Some Canadian groups who practice fair trade are Fair Trade Mark Canada, 323 Chapel Street, 2nd Floor, Ottawa, ON, K1N 7Z2; Ten Days for Global Justice, 947 Queen Street E, Toronto, ON, M4M 1J9; Bridgehead, 99-880 Wellington Street, Ottawa, ON, K1R 6K7; and Ten Thousand Villages, 65 Heritage Drive, New Hamburg, ON, N0B 2G0.