Converting Your Workplace

Do you want to change the world?

Now’s your chance. Your workplace could be making a difference to people’s lives by switching to Fairtrade.

And you can celebrate your commitment by becoming a Fairtrade Workplace of World Changers, which offers:

  • More opportunities for staff engagement and team building
  • A publicly recognised certificate from the Fairtrade Foundation to showcase your Fairtrade commitment to staff and customers
  • A stronger profile in the local community (you’d be in good company – there are over 10,000 Fairtrade Groups in the UK including towns, schools, faith groups and universities)
  • Evidence of your internal Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and sustainability activities.

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Switching is easy to do – most suppliers can provide Fairtrade certified tea, coffee, sugar and more on request. Check out our page about suppliers.

With every cup of tea and coffee and every spoonful of sugar you can make a difference, including adding to the Fairtrade Premium which farmers can invest in their businesses, and both farmers and workers in community projects like better health facilities and clean water.

There are great resources available to help you. 

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Fairtrade breaks are going to be a theme for Fairtrade Fortnight from 27/2 to 12/3.

Join thousands of others across the UK to help our friends, neighbours, colleagues and communities to put Fairtrade in their break and take exploitation out. How many can we get organised?

Find out more here

Sourcing products

It’s easy to make Fairtrade products available to your employees, clients and customers.

First, ask your existing supplier if they can supply them.

Small businesses may prefer to buy from local shops and supermarkets listed in the Portsmouth and Gosport directories

Traidcraft www.traidcraft.co.uk Traidcraft supply a wide range of Fairtrade goods and there are a number of local reps who sell their products at churches, craft fairs etc.  But their online catalogue will probably have everything you need from tea, coffee and sugar, to kitchen roll, washing up liquid and rubber gloves, and a range of fair trade office supplies. They also offer a no-hassle credit account with invoicing facility, easy ordering and free delivery on orders over £50

http://www.traidcraft.co.uk/buy-fair-trade-for-your-workplace

 Regional Suppliers include:

Ace Office Supplies, Bournemouth, [used by Gosport Borough Council] tel 01202 240000. email: sales@aceffice.co.uk

Bidvest 3663, [www.3663.co.uk]  Salisbury Road, Downton, Salisbury. SP5 3HY   tel 0870 3663 650   [3663 supplies Portsmouth City Council]

Booker [ http://www.booker.co.uk/help/branchfinder.aspx ] Williams Road, Airport Service Road, Portsmouth. Hants. PO3 5SP   Tel  02392 673911   Fax 02392 690723

Brakes [ www.brake.co.uk/ ]

CafeDirect is one of the leading Fairtrade tea and coffee companies.http://www.ethicalsuperstore.com/cafedirect

Coffee Select  http://www.coffee-select.co.uk/ Unit 13, Lion Court, Roentgen Road, Basingstoke RG24 8QU
023 8022 6215

Infinity Foods  [ www.infinityfoods.co.uk ]  67, Norway Street, Portslade. East Sussex, BN41 1AE  Tel 01273 424060

KoolSkools [http://www.koolskools.co.uk/fairtrade-business-uniforms-and-clothing.php ]  02380 283223  local supplier (Southampton) of workwear and schoolwear

Matthew Algie  [www.matthewalgie.com/index.html ]

Mozzo Coffee [www.mozzocoffee.com (new website coming there soon)] 02380 700 007.  8 Elgin Road, Southampton. SO15 1JP

Palmer & Harvey [ http://www.palmerharvey.co.uk/ ] 11 Barnes Wallis Road, Segensworth East, Fareham. Hants. PO15 5TT;  Tel 01489 555800; Fax 01489 555883

PEROS http://www.peros.co.uk/ Unit 3, Lincoln Business Centre, Lincoln Road, Cressex Business Park, High Wycombe, Bucks. HP12 3RD.   You can order a Peros down-loadable catalogue on line and products by Tel.  01494 436426 or Fax 01494 769 545.  [Peros supplies Portsmouth City Council and the University of Portsmouth]

Vending Machines - Check these out:

Fairtrade Vending  [http://www.fairtradevending.co.uk/ ]Telephone:01634 726 163 ; Fax: 01634 560 759    Email: info@fairtradevending.co.uk

Revive Vending http://www.revivevending.co.uk/vending-machines.phpTel  01725 513082 [Hampshire is part of their core area]  They say: “Many of our customers have now switched to Fairtrade and ethically traded products and the feedback has been good.”

 More Suppliers?

Premcrest, www.premcrest.co.uk  Unit 3, Station Way, Wortley Road,Armley, Leeds, LS12 3HQ ( Highly recommended by Lee-on-the-Solent B&B host for their range and reliability)

The Out of Home National Fairtrade Purchasing directory on the Fairtrade Foundation Website lists nationwide suppliers who are registered to supply the out of home market. [You can also request a hard copy on 0203 301 5001] http://www.fairtrade.org.uk/en/for-business/ways-of-working-with-fairtrade/how-to-stock-fairtrade

Promotional materials

If you want to promote Fairtrade in your canteen, cafe or restaurant you can order a Fairtrade Point of Sales Pack, which includes tent cards, tissue coasters, window stickers and poster, from your supplier listed in the National Fairtrade Purchasing Directory. http://www.fairtrade.org.uk/en/for-business/ways-of-working-with-fairtrade/how-to-stock-fairtrade

Peros sell Cafedirect paper cups; http://www.peros.co.uk/

Your local Group can help

We can help with publicity, posters, leaflets and talks about Fairtrade at Work so please do contact us to tell us what you are planning. http://www.portsmouthfairtrade.org.uk/?page_id=812

Tell us

Do please contact us too to let us know what you have done, so we can update our records, add to the list of suppliers above and, if you like, list you among the businesses using Fairtrade at Work that we plan to publish on this website. http://www.portsmouthfairtrade.org.uk/?page_id=812

Choose products with the FAIRTRADE Mark