This page contains information about how local residents, schools, faith communities, businesses and organisations can support the campaign.
Remember, every time you buy a Fairtrade product you make a difference, so whether it be your coffee, bananas or your daily fix of chocolate switch to a Fairtrade product and encourage your friends, family and colleagues to do the same.
How can local residents support Fairtrade?
- Buy Fairtrade products for use at home and at work.
- Ask for Fairtrade in shops and cafes/restaurants that don't already sell them.
- Spread the word - tell your friends, family and work colleagues about Fairtrade.
- If you work, approach your employer about serving Fairtrade products in your staff canteen, vending machines and for internal meetings. The Fairtrade Foundation have launched a new website Fairtrade at work which includes information on how to source Fairtrade products in your workplace.
- Approach your church, school, college, play group, community group etc about using Fairtrade products.
Schools, Colleges and Universities
How can Exeter schools, colleges and universities support Fairtrade?
- Make Fairtrade food and drinks available in your canteen/shop/vending machines. You may be able to source these from your existing supplier.
- Use Fairtrade products in your staff room.
- Integrate Fairtrade issues into the curriculum - for example, present an assembly or lesson on Fairtrade. The Fairtrade Foundation have a free resource that aims to enable teachers to introduce and develop the concept of Fairtrade in the classroom.
- Work towards becoming a Fairtrade School, College or University using the free action packs available from the Fairtrade Foundation.
How to convert your faith community to Fairtrade
- Serve Fairtrade tea and coffee after prayers or worship. Details of local shops that sell Fairtrade products are listed in Exeter's Fairtrade Directory
- Put up a Fairtrade display, and give out copies of Exeter's Fairtrade Directory
- Include prayers and information on Fairtrade in worship
- Write and article on Fairtrade for your magazine
- Discuss Fairtrade in a study group
- Work towards becoming an official Fairtrade faith community using the free action packs available from the Fairtrade Foundation.
Businesses and organisations
How can Exeter businesses and organisations support Fairtrade?
- Use Fairtrade products in your work place - whether you have a canteen, a vending machine or just a jar of coffee, start using Fairtrade. You may be able to source these from your existing supplier. If you offer tea or coffee to customers, make sure it's Fairtrade, and let your customers know.
- The Fairtrade Foundation have launched a new website Fairtrade at work which includes information on how to source Fairtrade products in your workplace.
- Encourage your colleagues to buy Fairtrade products for use at work and at home.
- Using Fairtrade products improves your ethical performance and public image.
These are some of the Exeter businesses and organisations that already offer a Fairtrade option to their staff:
- Exeter City Council
- Devon County Council
- Met Office
- Environment Agency
- EDF Energy
Shops, cafes and restaurants
How to put Fairtrade on the Menu
It's easy to make Fairtrade products available to your customers.
There are hundreds of Fairtrade teas and coffees to choose from as well as Fairtrade cocoa and hot chocolate, wine, fruit and fruit juices, biscuits and snack bars, honey and sugar, all at competitive prices.
You may be able to source Fairtrade food and drinks from your existing catering supplier or wholesaler. Alternatively, the Fairtrade Foundation website includes a Fairtrade Catering Directory which give details of nationwide suppliers.
If you sell or serve Fairtrade products in your shop, café or restaurant and would like to be included in Exeter's Fairtrade directory, please let us know.
For more details go to the Fairtrade Foundation website which provides a wide range of resources and materials to help people promote Fairtrade issues, including leaflets, posters and stickers and sample packs.
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