A Fairtrade Synagogue

When I was last Chair of Social Action, probably before 2007, Council agreed we would become a Fairtrade synagogue.

A key commitment of being a Fairtrade synagogue was buying only Fairtrade tea, coffee and sugar for meetings for which we are responsible (whilst aiming to expand to using other Fairtrade products.)

What is Fairtrade?

Fairtrade sets social, economic and environmental standards for both companies and the farmers and workers who grow the raw materials for the product. For farmers and workers the standards include protection of workers’ rights and the environment, for companies they include the payment of the Fairtrade Minimum Price and an additional Fairtrade Premium to invest in business or community projects of the community’s choice.

The Fairtrade Foundation independently checks that the standards have been met by the farmers, workers and companies that are part of products’ supply chains. And in order to reassure consumers that this has happened, they license the use of the FAIRTRADE Mark on products and packaging to signal this.

Reviving our commitment

At the Council meeting on 28 November 2018, NLS Council re-confirmed that support of Fairtrade remains our policy. They key action is to ensure people who buy tea, coffee, and sugar for the synagogue buy Fairtrade. All major supermarkets sell Fairtrade tea and coffee. The Coop’s own brand tea and instant coffee are both Fairtrade (and the Coop will additionally be rolling out plastic free teabags later in 2019).

We would also encourage all who cook for NLS events to use Fairtrade ingredients wherever possible.

Susan King
Chair, Social Action
February 2019