Fair Trade is much more than a fair price!
Dining Services purchases and serves Fair Trade coffee, teas, chocolate, sugar, and bananas. You can find at least two Fair Trade products in all of our dining locations on campus. Fairly Traded Coffee is the standard in our dining operations. Holy Grounds locations serve Peet's coffee which is fairly traded. We serve Equal Exchange coffee in our other retail and resident dining operations. Equal Exchange is proud to partner with Catholic Relief Services to help make a positive impact for farmer co-ops worldwide, and it all starts with your parish!
- Fair Price - Democratically organized farmer groups receive a guaranteed minimum floor price and an additional premium for certified organic products. Farmer organizations are also eligible for pre-harvest credit.
- Fair Labor Conditions - Workers on Fair Trade farms enjoy freedom of association, safe working conditions, and living wages. Forced child labor is strictly prohibited.
- Direct Trade - With Fair Trade, importers purchase from Fair Trade producer groups as directly as possible, eliminating unnecessary middlemen and empowering farmers to develop the business capacity necessary to compete in the global marketplace.
- Democratic and Transparent Organizations - Fair Trade farmers and farm workers decide democratically how to invest Fair Trade revenues.
- Community Development - Fair Trade farmers and farm workers invest Fair Trade premiums in social and business development projects like scholarship programs, quality improvement trainings, and organic certification.
- Environmental Sustainability - Harmful agrochemicals and GMOs are strictly prohibited in favor of environmentally sustainable farming methods that protect farmers’ health and preserve valuable ecosystems for future generations.
Read more about Fair Trade principles from The Fair Trade Foundation.