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Catholic Charities Corporation Administrative Offices:

7911 Detroit Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44102

(216) 334-2900

Fair Trade

Fair trade programs and projects help communities overcome poverty globally. Learn how you can support fair and ethical trade through your purchases.

The idea of fairness in trade is at least as old as our Christian faith. In fact, a good way to think about fair trade is to reflect on Jesus’ life as a carpenter, when he worked alongside his adoptive father, Joseph, and before he began his public ministry. 

At its heart, fair trade is about building respectful, enduring relationships. Through our purchases of fair trade items we:

  • Exalt the human dignity of small-scale producers overseas
  • Exercise a preferential option for the poor
  • Act in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in need
  • Ensure that farmers and artisans earn a just wage
  • Contribute to a more just distribution of wealth
  • Apply the principle of subsidiarity
  • Practice responsible stewardship of our natural resources

These themes represent the foundation of a truly just economic order.

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