To become a Fairtrade supporting workplace, we recommend that your organisation sources at least two Fairtrade certified products for all kitchenettes and workplaces on site. This can include coffee, tea, sugar, cocoa, chocolate, bananas and more!
To qualify, each product must carry the Fairtrade Mark. The sourcing part is easy. Most office suppliers can supply Fairtrade certified products on request. To find out more about how to source Fairtrade products read the Fairtrade procurement guide.
There are many ways to promote the fact your workplace uses Fairtrade certified products onsite. There are free resources to assist in spreading the word, plus Fairtrade Fortnight, which happens annually from August 2nd - 15th, and is a great time to promote and celebrate your status among staff.
Workplaces around the country source Fairtrade certified coffee, tea, sugar or hot chocolate in their workplace.
Take a look at some of those who have already made the commitment and their reasons for doing so.
“Being part of a global company, we strive towards a more sustainable and ethical future. Fairtrade at Work fits so well with everything else that we’ve been doing regarding staff engagement and in promoting sustainable living, not only in the workplace but also at home. Our staff experience a wonderful ‘feel good’ factor just by drinking their cup of coffee every morning. What a positive start to a working day."
Click here to read more about Ricoh's Fairtrade commitment
Olivia Mikkelsen, Frontline Administrator, & Helen Mahoney, Sustainability and Resilience Advisor www.ricoh.co.nz
"We know that we are a big player in the market and we can make a difference. Moving to Fairtrade for BNZ was about our commitment to corporate responsibility. We like our actions to speak and we made the change because it is the right thing to do."
Click here to read more about BNZ's Fairtrade commitment
Jessica Rodger, Sustainability Manager www.bnz.co.nz
"KPMG NZ was pleased to become a certified Fairtrade workplace in 2014. It wasn’t a hard change tomake as we believe purchasing Fairtrade certified products is better for the growers & farmers, our communities and the environment – so better for all of us, plus the new Fairtrade tea and coffee products we purchase have been received very favourably by our people. Fairtrade aligns well with our New Zealand CSR strategy, our Global commitment to the UN Global Compact and Global partnership with Oxfam, and is one way to encourage our people to support the positive economic principles of Fairtrade. We are also looking at ways of introducing a wider range of Fairtrade products into our business."
Justine Todd / Ross Eddington CSR Manager / National Operations Manager www.kpmg.co.nz
"At the Sustainable Business Network we have a strict procurement policy around everything we purchase including a commitment to buying Fairtrade certified coffee, tea, sugar, cocoa and, where possible, fruit such as bananas for our kitchen supplies and catering. In the first instance we purchase Fairtrade products from our members. We believe it’s important to buy Fairtrade to support sustainable businesses all around the world by paying a fair price for producers as well as helping farmers in the Fairtrade system to better care for the communities and environment they live in."
Julia Jackson, Transformational leader www.sbn.org.nz
Corporate Social Responsibility and Fairtrade
If your workplace is looking for a meaningful way to expand their CSR commitment, procuring Fairtrade certified products is a simple way to generate a positive impact.
Please contact us if you would like support in communicating about your workplace's commitment to Fairtrade and the impact this has had on farmers and workers around the world.