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Fair Trade Ministry

CRS Ethical Trade

The Ethical Trade Ministry of the Diocese of Oakland is a collaboration of Catholic Relief Services and the Diocese of Oakland which encompasses Gospel and Catholic Social Doctrine principles by providing products for which the producer received fair compensation. These products are produced, bought, and sold in a system in which personal relationships are essential, and in which care for the environment is paramount.

The goal of the ministry is:

  • Promote Ethical Trade ministries and activities at parishes, schools and university campuses
  • Provide Ethical Trade Educational Resources and Workshops


What is Ethical Trade?

Ethical Trade is a trading partnership based on dialogue, transparency, and respect that seeks greater equity in international trade. It contributes to sustainable development by offering better trading conditions to, and securing the rights of, marginalized producers and workers – especially in the Global South.

We at CRS believe that Ethical Trade embodies a comprehensive set of criteria, including, at a minimum, the following commitments:

  • A Fair wage or return for producers
  • Building long term relationships between trader and producer
  • Engaging in environmentally sustainable practices
  • Public accountability and transparency in trade
  • Providing financial and technical assistance to producers
  • Raising awareness in consumers so that they engage in ‘ethical consumption’
  • Advocating for equity in conventional trading rules and practices


  • 200 million people in low income countries depend on coffee for their income
  • The Ethical Trade market now surpasses a billion dollars a year
  • As of 2008 over 5 million producers and their families benefited from Ethical Trade
  • USA Fair Trade Federation includes around 300 businesses
  • There are over 40,000 Fair Trade outlets in the US
  • International Fair Trade Association has members in over 70 countries
  • The Fairtrade Labelling Organizations International (FLO) is one of the largest international social economic certification bodies in the world.
  • Ethical Trade products include almost all foods, including sugar, tea, coffee, chocolate, cocoa, nuts, creamers, sweeteners, olive oil, as well as tableware, paper products, soaps, soccer balls, basketballs, volleyballs, rugby balls,  wines, and all kinds of crafts

Online Ethical Trade Buying, CRS Partners:

Fair Trade Ambassador:

Patrick Shandonay
Coordinator CRS Ethical Trade Ministry


      Contact Information

      Coordinator, Office for Life and Justice

      Coordinator, Rachel's Vineyard Retreat 

      Coordinator, CRS/CCHD 

      Meg Bowerman
      Coordinator, JustFaith Ministries - Volunteer

      Patrick Shandonay
      Coordinator, CRS Ethical Trade Ministry - Volunteer

      Coordinator, Detention Ministry 

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