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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Ethically produced custom items for your institution.

Looking for promotional materials that will leave an impact on your community? Ethix Merch offers ethically produced crosses, t-shirts and more. Be sure to use promo code CRS at checkout.

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