Fairtrade Mission Wins Audience with Pope Francis

5 December 2020
The delegation of Fairtrade representatives from Germany, Luxembourg, Italy, Kenya and Mexico meet with Pope Francis. Image: Fairtrade International/Vatican Media/Supplied


A Fairtrade International delegation has met with Pope Francis to present the work Fairtrade is doing around the world to promote fairer trading conditions for more than five million farmers, agricultural workers, their families and communities.

The delegation of Fairtrade representatives from Germany, Luxembourg, Italy, Kenya and Mexico presented Fairtrade’s five-year global strategy to demonstrate to Pope Francis what Fairtrade can do to achieve social, economic and environmental justice for some of the world’s most vulnerable populations.

The Fairtrade delegation gave Pope Francis a gift box filled with a selection of Fairtrade-certified products, each with messages of support and gratitude from farmers from around the world, extending an invitation to His Holiness to become a prominent voice in support of issues that affect their livelihoods.

The delegation was received by Pope Francis at the Apostolic Palace on St. Peter’s Square, in Rome. The private meeting with the Pope was registered by the Official Vatican Press through Rome Reports.

The video and report from the meeting is available at https://www.romereports.com/en/2020/11/23/pope-supports-products-with-fairtrade-mark/

Fairtrade Australia and New Zealand is part of the global Fairtrade International network that changes the way trade works through better prices, decent working conditions and a fairer deal for farmers and workers in developing countries.

Fairtrade International is an independent non-profit organisation representing 1.7 million small-scale farmers and workers worldwide. It owns the FAIRTRADE Mark, a registered trademark of Fairtrade that appears on more than 30,000 products. Beyond certification, Fairtrade International and its member organisations empower producers, partner with businesses, engage consumers and advocate for a fair and sustainable future. Find out more at https://fairtradeanz.org/

With thanks to Fairtrade International.


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