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Fair Trade Initiative

Volume 472: debated on Wednesday 20 February 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his Department’s policy is on the use of fair trade goods (a) in staff catering facilities and (b) at official departmental functions and meetings; and if he will make a statement. (183848)

In line with Government policy, the Department is committed to fair trade and ethical supply routes.

The Department’s Facilities Management partner, Land Securities Trillium (LST) provides in house catering services where premises allow. Ethical procurement practices are a key factor in the contract.

Where practicable, LST purchases sustainable produce for sale on departmental premises. Fair trade tea and coffee is standard for official receptions and meetings.

LST is actively working with the Fairtrade Foundation to develop its fair trade product offer and support the marketing of fairtrade products.