The Human Thread

March 03, 2017

Author: editor

Category: Act

CRS Ethical Trade: A Broader Vision

Nyaamah Abena (32) weaves a straw basket by hand in Awaradoni village, Upper East Region, Ghana. Women in her CRS-supported SILC group (Savings and Internal Lending Communities) have begun weaving straw baskets ever since interrupted weather patterns related to climate change have inhibited their abilities to earn livelihoods through farming. Awaradoni village, Talensi District, Upper East Region, Ghana, West Africa.

Nyaamah Abena (32) weaves a straw basket by hand in Awaradoni village, Upper East Region, Ghana. Women in her CRS-supported SILC group (Savings and Internal Lending Communities) have begun weaving straw baskets ever since interrupted weather patterns related to climate change have inhibited their abilities to earn livelihoods through farming.
Awaradoni village, Talensi District, Upper East Region, Ghana, West Africa.

In January, Catholic Relief Services re-branded what was their fair trade program as CRS Ethical Trade. It now includes a shopping guide, with categories like home decor, desserts, religious items, jewelry, apparel, and coffee and tea. The new expanded CRS Ethical Trade Program builds upon the strong principles of fair trade while also engaging with other business models that have a positive impact on workers, the environment and local communities. Not all of the companies CRS partners with are designated fair trade but rather they fall into a larger category of companies that are doing business responsibly.

The CRS program has grown to ensure that a consumer can purchase goods that have a positive impact both on producers and on the environment. As well, CRS maintains current resources for faith formation in schools, parishes and faith communities to form people in ethical consumption and to advocate for a more ethical world.

CRS was a part of the initial conversations that launched The Human Thread. With this re-branding, CRS provides useful, improved tools for purchasing ethically.