St Michael & All Angels is a Fairtrade Church and uses Fairtrade tea and coffee in the Church and Parish Hall and in the refreshments tent on Green Days weekend in June. We are very grateful for the continuing support of companies such as Cafedirect (below right) and Divine Chocolate (below left).
‘Going further for Fairtrade’. This year at St Paul's, it’s all about making sculptures and collages out of product packaging to promote Fairtrade. If you live within reach, do come along to St Paul’s Cathedral in Fairtrade Fortnight to see the model of the Cathedral (right), the contribution on behalf of the Fairtrade Diocese of London. The names of all London's Fairtrade Churches appear on the railings.
And Divine Chocolate has a pop-up shop in Covent Garden for the fortnight.
They say: "At the heart of Divine’s heavenly tasting chocolate there is a unique story. Not only do the Kuapa Kokoo farmers’ receive a Fairtrade price for their cocoa, but they also own 45% of the company, and therefore have a direct influence over how the company is run and share in the profits from the chocolate. Owning Divine gives the farmers of the Kuapa Kokoo cooperative not just additional income, but also knowledge and power – the opportunity to grow and flourish is in their hands."
They say: "We work directly with expert smallholders to create our award winning range of tea, coffee and hot chocolate.
For over 20 years we’ve built real relationships with smallholder growers because the big thing smallholders have is pride and passion…and that’s what goes into every single one of our delicious hot drinks. In return we pay growers what they deserve, instead of paying middlemen. We have two growers on our board of directors and 75% of our growers are also shareholders in Cafédirect. And by working together in true partnership we do more, investing over 50% of our profits in growers to create a more sustainable future."