• Rev. John Martin

Ten Principles Bible Study

About 100 years ago the great theologian Karl Barth gave advice to young ministers:

“Take your Bible and take your newspaper, and read both. But interpret newspapers from your Bible.”

Barth was stressing the importance of understanding the Gospel in the light of current affairs.

The Fair Trade Association, as part of its Faith Groups Programme, is undertaking the task of interpreting that quote in a slightly different way.

In an attempt to sound ethical there is a temptation for businesses to promote themselves as ‘Fair Trade’ while questionable trading practices underlie their products.

To address this deception the World Fair Trade Organisation has devised 10 Principles of Fair Trade. These 10 Principles are the standards against which businesses and products are judged to determine whether they are genuinely Fair Trade.


"In contrast to commodity certifiers, the WFTO Guarantee System assesses the entirety of a business, not just a specific product, ingredient or supply chain. It includes an assessment of the enterprise’s structure and business model, its operations and its supply chains."

Image from https://wfto.com/our-fair-trade-system

In the Fair Trade Association, we are holding the 10 Principles beside the Bible. We are searching for Biblical themes, passages and stories which help us to understand the theology of Fair Trade.

This is a work in progress and if you would like to contribute to this project the Fair Trade Association would love to hear from you.

Please contact John Martin: revj@aapt.net.au

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