Respect and protect on a global scale
When you shop with our partners or host a CRS Ethical Trade event, you’re supporting companies that uphold the highest standards of ethical and fair trade.
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Together, we’re transforming lives. Twice.
Our partners are bringing fair prices, safer working conditions and environmentally sustainable practices to poor and disadvantaged communities around the globe. But that’s only the beginning: With every purchase, a donation is made to the CRS Fair Trade Fund. The Fund invests in CRS projects around the world. We’re helping farmers adapt to climate change, improving access to markets and supporting critical education and advocacy initiatives in the United States.
Strengthening the Almond value chain in Palestine
The CRS Fair Trade Fund supports almond cooperatives in Palestine to increase the productivity and quality of the almond crop resulting in better yields and better prices for farmers. In addition CRS and our partner CORE work with farmers cooperatives and the Palestinian Fair Trade Association to provide extension services, strengthen administrative capabilities, and improve access to fair trade certification for vulnerable farming communities.
Rebuilding fair trade artisan workshops in Haiti
Strong winds and heavy rain from Hurricane Matthew destroyed homes and businesses throughout Haiti. Artisans were especially hit hard losing their workshops and much of their stock and supplies. CRS is working with Comité Artisanal Haitïen to rebuild three fair trade artisan workshops in Petit-Goave and Les Cayes. This funding will allow 35 artists to rebuild or replace damaged structures and purchase new art supplies.
renovating olive wood workshops in the holy land
CRS has renovated 15 olive wood carving workshops in the Holy Land and is currently working on 3 additional workshops. The majority of workshops in this cottage industry are poorly wired and ventilated putting workers and the environment at risk. CRS is working with the Holy Land Handicraft Society and the Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation to support the legacy of this traditional art form popular in the holy land by creating workshops that are safe for workers and the environment.
Helping coffee farmers recover from coffee leaf rust
The CRS Fair Trade Fund is supporting CEPCO, a fair trade coffee cooperative in Oaxaca Mexico to improve soil quality and coffee production practices. Cooperative members are renovating coffee farms affected by coffee leaf rust and planting new rust resistant varieties. Coffee from CEPCO is available through CRS partner Equal Exchange.
Training Parish Ambassadors to bring global solidarity to life with CRS
The CRS Fair Trade Fund supports training for more than 150 parish volunteers representing 100+ parishes in 10 dioceses. Volunteers encourage their respective parishes to respond to Catholic social teaching by engaging parishioners in CRS programs like Rice Bowl, Ethical Trade and Advocacy. The program creates a community of global advocates raising awareness and creating opportunities for meaningful reflection and action.