March 18 2016 – Canadian companies have a new way to show they care about trade justice, and environmental, social and economic sustainability. Solidarity between workers across borders is an important step towards a more just world.
Today, any Canadian company can take that step by becoming a Fair Trade Workplace which empowers its employees and administration to contribute to a world where sustainability and trade justice are at the heart of ethical consumption.
About the Fair Trade Workplace Program
The Fair Trade Workplace designation encourages Canadian workers to be mindful of the true value of labour and the human costs of production.
To qualify, a workplace must make Fairtrade coffee, tea and any third product (like bananas, sugar or chocolate) available to their employees and visitors. It has to have a committee in place which ensures continued commitment to the Fair Trade Workplace designation. Finally it must promote the Fair Trade designation by having promotional material available to both staff and visitors.
“We’re excited to have launched three new Fair Trade Programs in February: Workplaces, Faith Groups and Ambassadors. Along with Fair Trade Towns, Campuses, Schools and Events, these new Programs provide new opportunities to engage with Fairtrade and raise awareness in Canada. Fairtrade supports more than 1.65 million Fairtrade farmers and workers in the Global South.”- Hugues Tshibemba, CEO, Fairtrade Canada
The Fair Trade Workplace is a Program of Fairtrade Canada, managed in partnership with the Canadian Fair Trade Network (CFTN) and the Association Québécoise du commerce équitable (AQCÉ).
Already three Fair Trade Workplaces
The Fair Trade Workplace designation is already quite popular! Since the Workplace Program launched, Fairtrade Canada has been receiving one application a week from Canadian companies eager to commit to trade justice and sustainability.
“We congratulate The Fresh Carrot, the Winnipeg Airports Authority and The Manitoba Council for International Cooperation in creating meaningful change every day,” said Hugues Tshibemba. CEO, Fairtrade Canada.
Quotes from Fair Trade Workplaces
“Supporting Fairtrade is personally important to us and we have imparted this passion to our staff and customers. We believe decisions we make here can effect change positively to other communities and people to lift each other up and share in God's goodness.”- Terry Zolinski The Fresh Carrot, designated on February 18th.
“Winnipeg Airports Authority is committed to making sustainable choices, where our everyday business decisions aim to be planet conscious and socially responsible. To us, purchasing and promoting Fairtrade products is the right thing to do for our company, the environment we live in and the community we serve.”- Barry Rempel, President and CEO of Winnipeg Airports Authority
“Fair trade Manitoba is a program of the Manitoba Council for International Cooperation. It seems only natural that we should formally and officially be known as a Fair Trade Workplace, which has been the fact for many years.”- Zack Gross, Outreach Coordinator, Manitoba Council for International Cooperation
About Fairtrade Canada
Fairtrade Canada is an independent certification body which licenses the use of the FAIRTRADE Mark on products which meet international Fairtrade standards. This independent consumer label appears on products to show that disadvantaged producers are getting a better deal from trade. Today, more than 1.5 million people – farmers and workers – across more than 74 developing countries benefit from the international Fairtrade system. For more information: www.fairtrade.ca
Thousands of products have been licensed to carry the FAIRTRADE Mark in Canada including coffee, tea & herbal teas, chocolate, cocoa, sugar, ice cream, baked goods, muesli, cereal bars, bananas, herbs & spices, olive oil, soya & teriyaki sauces, coconut products, flowers, sports balls, cosmetics, cotton products, wine and even gold.
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