CRS Fair Trade History

Fair Trade is a easy way to give gifts to loved ones and help working poor families around the world. If you’re looking for gifts you won’t find on department store shelves, check out the CRS Fair Trade web site and blog. Below, a bit of history on CRS involvement with Fair Trade.

Catholic Relief Services has worked to alleviate suffering and promote genuine human development for poor and marginalized people overseas for more than 60 years. We also work to create opportunities for Catholics and others in the United States to live their faith more fully by living it in solidarity with the people we serve around the world. The CRS Fair Trade Program creates opportunities for Catholics in the United States to live their faith in solidarity with our brothers and sisters around the world, and to honor core principles of Catholic Social Teaching through the choices we make every day as consumers.

The CRS Fair Trade Program strives to build right relationships between our two constituencies—poor and marginalized people overseas and Catholics here in the United States—through collaboration with mission-oriented Fair Trade companies.

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