The Fairtrade vision is of a world in which justice and sustainable development are at the heart of trade structures and practices so that everyone, through their work, can maintain a decent and dignified livelihood and develop their full potential.

To achieve this vision, Fairtrade seeks to transform trading structures and practices in favour of the poor and disadvantaged. By facilitating trading partnerships based on equity and transparency, Fairtrade contributes to sustainable development for marginalised producers, workers and their communities. Through demonstration of alternatives to conventional trade and other forms of advocacy, the Fairtrade movement empowers citizens to campaign for an international trade system based on justice and fairness.

Balfron Church gained Fairtrade status in 2007 an this means we are committed to using Fairtrade products in the church. On Sundays the after service teas & coffees are Fairtrade as is the case at the Lunch club.

As a church we campaign on behalf of poorer nations to try to redress the balance of unfair trade rule and injustice in the world.

The church also took a leading role in helping Balfron village also to gain Fairtrade status and many of the shops, organisations and school continue to be  very supportive of this worthy cause. We would encourage everyone to think responsibly when purchasing their weekly shopping to enable producers to get  a fair price for their produce.

Learn more by visiting the Fairtrade Foundation website www.fairtrade.org.uk.