Supporting Fair Trade

In 2008, Grace joined the Mankato Area Fair Trade Towns Initiative (MAFTTI) as a Fair Trade Church, which means we committed to three areas: using only Fair Trade Certified coffee after services, in meetings and at events in which the church is responsible, using and selling Fair Trade Certified products and promoting Fair Trade Fortnight, Fair Trade Month, and MAFTTI events.

Mankato Area Fair Trade Town Initiative logoThe City of Mankato became certified by Fair Trade Towns USA as a Fair Trade Town in 2011. Grace Lutheran participates in the Lutheran World Relief Coffee Project. Through Equal Exchange (LWR's partner), the Grace Lutheran Church Women (GLCW) purchase coffee, tea, hot chocolate, olive oil, chocolate bars, baking products and more. These products are Fair for Life certified through Equal Exchange. Currently, we enjoy Café Salvador blend regular and Organic Breakfast decaf during Fellowship Hour. If you are interested in purchasing various varieties of Fair Trade products, please visit the Fair Trade cart in the hallway outside the Fellowship Hall during office hours (M-F, 8am-5pm) or before/after worship.

Equal Exchange donates $.20 to LWR’s Small Farmer Fund for each pound of Fair Trade coffee, tea, cocoa, sugar and snacks you order through the LWR Coffee Project. The Small Farmer Fund supports LWR’s agricultural programs, providing the tools and training that small-scale farmers need to improve their enterprises and make a better life for their families. To learn more, take a look at the video series about LWR coffee and chocolate.

Equal Exchange was created in 1986 expressly to bring the Fair Trade model to U.S. grocery stores and to demonstrate the viability of Fair Trade to others in our industry. More importantly the commitment to Fair Trade values has always gone beyond the products themselves and is woven into our structure as a worker co-operative and into everything Equal Exchange does. Equal Exchange is certified by Fair for Life. Learn more about Equal Exchange's Fair Trade history and standards here.

Fair Trade products are available for purchase on our cart, located outside of the Office/Fellowship Hall. Our Fair Trade Cart and bulletin boardOffice hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday - Friday; or you may also purchase items before and after worship.

The aim of the Fair for Life certification is to ensure fair and positive relations between producers and their cooperatives orcontracting companies, between workers and their employer, between seller and buyers on the world market while at the same time ensuring performance of standards. The Fair for Life Social and FairTrade Program is based on Fair Trade International (FLO) standards and ISEAL recommendations for social standard setting. It means that the company fulfills:
• All social responsibility criteria.
• Meets additional fair-trade criteria such as fair price, fair-trade premium payment and use, trade relationships in which all act as partners.
• smallholder groups have a fair relation between farmer organizations/contracting company and individual farmer.

Information on this page from the respective organizations' websites.