Fairtrade Fortnight is being backed by West Sussex County Council as part of its commitment to corporate social responsibility.
The two-week event began on Monday February 29 and has seen the council’s staff restaurants feature an extended range of Fairtrade options, while its also has organised Fairtrade breakfasts at its Chichester, Horsham and Bognor Regis offices.
Fairtrade products have been developed with the aim of helping farmers from developing countries get a fair price for their goods and labour, and allows smaller farms to compete with industrial scale businesses.
Bob Lanzer, WSCC’s cabinet member for corporate relations, said: “We carried a motion to promote information concerning Fairtrade and similar organisations.
“Fairtrade products are available around the county and more than half the population of West Sussex lives in a Fair Trade town.
“For example, we use Fair Trade fruit juices, bananas and sugar as ingredients in school meals.”
Both the Martlets restaurant at County Hall in Chichester, and the Parkside canteen in Horsham stocks Fairtrade tea and coffee, sugar, chocolate and confectionery, Rainforest Alliance tea and coffee, and Ethical Tea Partnership tea.
Fairtrade and The Rainforest Alliance teas, coffees and sugar are available as refreshments in County Council meeting rooms.
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