March 03, 2017
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.