Fairtrade at the Commonwealth Games

Sustainable procurement at the 2014 Commonwealth Games

All bananas, tea, coffee and sugar served at the games in Glasgow this year were Fairtrade certified
Sugar cane farmers

Sugar cane farmers awaiting their appointment slot for delivery to the sugar mill, Orange Walk Town, Belize. Photograph: Simon Rawles/@simonrawles

The 20th Commonwealth Games recently took place in Glasgow, with more than 4,500 athletes from 71 countries and territories competing in 17 sports over the course of 11 days.

But while much of the world’s attention was focused on the performance of the athletes and the medals won, behind the scenes a sustainable procurement policy meant that small-scale farmers and workers in the developing world also had cause to celebrate, thanks to the decision to source all bananas, tea, coffee and sugar served at the games as Fairtrade.

read more in the article by Nicola Frame

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