There are many ways your workplace can engage with Fairtrade.
Learn more about how to engage your colleagues, how to become a Fairtrade supportive workplace:
- Presentation: a short presentation to help you sell in Fairtrade at your workplace
- Purchasing Guide: Find out which products are Fairtrade certified here
Supporting Fairtrade in your workplace
To become a Fairtrade supportive workplace it is recommended that your organisation sources at least two Fairtrade certified products for all kitchenettes and workplaces on site. This can be but is not limited to: Coffee, Tea, Sugar, or Hot chocolate.
To qualify, each product must carry the Fairtrade Mark on an ongoing basis
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 and Fair Trade Fortnight which happens annually in May and is a great time to promote and celebrate your status among staff.
Register your interest
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.
"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."
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
Join the Fairtrade movement
Go one step further and become independently accredited by the Fair Trade Association. You will join a network of supporters and be recognised as an official Fair Trade Workplace.
Corporate Social Responsibility and Fairtrade
''Meaningful workplaces understand that CSR is not only an ethical way to operate but it is also good for business. An organisations image and reputation can be enhanced, and a number of studies have demonstrated that the financial performance of those companies known for their CSR actually outperform the companies in the S&P 500 Index as a whole.'' 1
Read a report about how Fairtrade at work can complement your CSR strategy.
Fairtrade Fortnight is the biggest annual campaign on the Fairtrade calendar. It happens once a year in May and gives New Zealanders a chance to celebrate the difference they are making to farmers in developing countries. Workplaces often choose to do something special over this time to celebrate their Fairtrade status. Ideas to engage your colleagues:
- Change screensavers to a Fair Trade Fortnight theme with links to farmer information
- Order some campaign materials and do a Fairtrade treat desk drop
- Hold a Fairtrade quiz where the winner gets a Fairtrade prize pack
- Host an Oxfam morning tea with your colleagues
Sign up to receive CSR communication support and helpful tools to promote your status. The content could be used in reports and intranet sites where applicable. Fairtrade can also provide a logo to support your CSR claims and calculate the impact your organisation has made through the Fairtrade Premium upon request.
1 Chalofsky, N. E. (2010). Meaningful Workplaces: Reframing How and Where we Work. John Wiley & Sons.