Make your office Fairtrade-proof and join the growing number of local companies and consumers that are making Africa more equal and sustainable through Fairtrade. Fairtrade at Work is an exciting programme that encourages local businesses, churches, NGOs and universities to use Fairtrade products in their everyday working environment.
WHY JOIN FAIRTRADE AT WORK?
Globally, Fairtrade is supported by a network of schools, universities, embassies, businesses, community groups and towns that promote Fairtrade by using Fairtrade products in their networks.
This has brought Fairtrade to the forefront of global ethical movements and has contributed to bringing better living and working conditions to over 1,5 million farmers and farm workers in Africa and other developing regions. Due to strict environmental Standards, Fairtrade has also resulted in improving sustainable production practices in agriculture. Visit our Producer Section to learn more about the benefits of Fairtrade.
By joining the programme you will join the global Fairtrade movement, intensify the impact of your company's Corporate Social Responsibility profile and be distinguished as a thought-leader in social development. We will reward your commitment by featuring your company in our communications and website, and by inviting you to our Fairtrade events. Of course we will assist you in switching to Fairtrade by putting you in contact with the right suppliers and help you inform your staff about the great journey you have embarked on.
WHAT FAIRTRADE PRODUCTS CAN WE USE?
There are a variety of Fairtrade coffees and teas that you can use in your offices, we can also assist you in sourcing Fairtrade wine for office parties and cocktails. To see what products are currently available, see our Products Section. For more information, see our contact details at the bottom of the page.
HOW CAN I MAKE MY OFFICE FAIRTRADE-PROOF?
To join our Fairtrade at Work campaign, you have to offer at least one Fairtrade product in your offices – usually starting with coffee. We also ask you to promote Fairtrade within your organisation and we are happy to provide you with all the resources necessary to do that.
For more information please contact Lynsay Sampson by email lynsay@FairtradeSA.org.za, or call 021 4488911
FAIRTRADE AT WORK PARTNERS
Bean There Ethiopian Sidamo Coffee
"Perfection is all the little things done well with love... with Fairtrade its possible!", Janine Van Zyl, Owner
"We believe that Fairtrade makes a difference; and would like to be part of a national and global network of supporters of Fairtrade", Brendan Mitchell, Managing Director.
"Fair Trade in Tourism promotes sustainable tourism development and one of our criteria when assessing tourism businesses is to check whether they use Fair Trade, organic and/or environmentally friendly products. As an organisation we need to comply with the criteria we set for the tourism businesses we assess", Kathy Bergs, General Manager.
THE JUPITER DRAWING ROOM
"It made sense for us to switch to FairTrade coffee – it not only tasted better than the brand that we currently had, but was also cheaper. And of course, it’s the right thing to do. Like all companies we are looking at ways to weave sustainable business practices into our workings, and switching to Fairtrade products is a really easy way to do this", Emma King, Head of PR at The Jupiter Drawing Room Cape Town.
"Pick n Pay is proud to be a Fairtrade at Work Partner. Pick n Pay was the first retailer to make a formal commitment to stocking Fairtrade products in our stores and as a Faitrade at Work Partner, we are also able provide Fairtrade products at our corporate offices", Andre Nel, Sustainability Manager.
"Caring for our planet and the people we support through our business has always been important to Woolworths. We consolidated all our efforts to support both people and planet under one programme in 2007 which we called our Good Business Journey. Through this programme we have learnt how to tread more lightly on our planet and contribute to issues affecting all South Africans", Justin Smith, Manager of Woolworths Good Business Journey.