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Fairtrade Initiative

Volume 472: debated on Wednesday 27 February 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will take steps to promote Fairtrade Fortnight 2008 amongst staff within his Department; and if he will make a statement. (189510)

During Fairtrade Fortnight DFID is organising a seminar showcasing fair trade and ethical sourcing businesses. In addition to the range of Fairtrade products available to staff throughout the year, our catering provider is running special deals on Fairtrade tea, coffee and confectionery, and special Fairtrade menus are available throughout Fairtrade Fortnight.

Furthermore, East Kilbride—home of DFID’s Abercrombie House offices—was officially named a Fairtrade Town on 23 February, showing a commitment to ensuring that small producers of the developing world get a fair deal.