Almost four out of 10 (38%) workers want their companies to use more Fairtrade products at work, a survey has revealed.
Only 17% of the 2,290 employees questioned by polling organisation YouGov for the Fairtrade Foundation could say that their employer used Fairtrade products, such as tea, coffee and biscuits.
The survey, published today as part of the foundation’s Fairtrade at Work campaign, also found that a third (32%) of workers also believe their companies should recycle or use recycled goods.
The campaign is aimed ay encouraging more companies to switch to Fairtrade goods.
Barry Clavin, ethical policies manager at Co-operative Financial Services said Fairtrade products could improve staff morale.
“By demonstrating that we care about farmers in developing countries, we reinforce the message that we care about our employees as well,” he said.
Harriet Lamb, executive director of the Fairtrade Foundation, said: “Any good company will want to respond to the mood of their employees and some top companies have set a model for many more to emulate. Switching to products carrying the Fairtrade mark – everywhere from canteens and vending machines to the flowers at reception – is a meaningful way to make a real difference to the lives of farmers and workers in developing countries.”