Cornerstone and Fairtrade
Cornerstone's Ethical Purchasing Policy commits us to make use of Fairtrade certified products, including providing Fairtrade certified tea and coffee for staff and visitors in our offices - and we are looking to identify other Fairtrade products we can use.
On 13th August 2009 Cornerstone signed the Fairtrade at Work pledge. We will buy Fairtrade products when we can because we believe in supporting producers in developing countries get a better deal so that they can support their families and local communities.
Fairtrade is an international movement that guarantees a better deal for disadvantaged farmers and workers in the developing world.
Under Fairtrade, farmers receive agreed, stable and sustainable prices and an extra payment (a "premium") to invest in their community. Farmer groups must be democratically organised and meet environmental standards.
You can identify a Fairtrade product by the FAIRTRADE Mark which you will find on thousands of products from coffee and tea to clothes and fresh fruit.
Who is behind Fairtrade?
The Fairtrade Foundation is the independent non-profit organisation in the UK that licenses the use of the FAIRTRADE Mark on products in the UK. It is part of an international network of organisations - Fairtrade Labelling Organisations International (FLO).
For more information
For more information about Fairtrade visit http://www.fairtrade.org.uk/
You can download a copy of Cornerstone's Fairtrade at Work pledge here.