A message from Fairtrade London:
(dated 9.12.2010)

Take Action:
Tell Olympic Caterers to Source Fairtrade

Sign our open letter to the Olympic organisers and the catering companies. Tell them to “Source Fairtrade: make every Olympic
catering purchase a winning one”.


In a great boost to the Fairtrade London campaign, earlier this week the Greater London Assembly announced it was adopting a sustainable food commitment for catering provided to London’s police, transport workers, fire brigade and GLA staff.  A key part of the
commitment is increasing the amount of Fairtrade products served in London Fire Brigade, Metropolitan Police, Transport for London and GLA Group offices and canteens.

The GLA’s healthy and sustainable food commitment is based on the London 2012 Food Vision adopted by the organisers of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Within the next few weeks, the first big wave of Olympic 2012 catering contracts will be awarded. This is a critical opportunity
for us to remind the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG), the main sponsors (McDonalds, Cadbury and Coca-Cola) and the contract catering companies about keeping the Fairtrade commitments already made, and about Londoners’ enthusiasm for caterers to go further and extend the range of Fairtrade products used.

Our message is simple:

“Source Fairtrade: make every Olympic catering purchase a winning one”.
LOCOG has already shown its willingness to set high standards on ethical sourcing, and its willingness to be receptive to public pressure to go further.  That is how commitments were secured for all tea, coffee, sugar, bananas and chocolate snacks  used in
official Olympic catering to be Fairtrade.

Now, as the actual contracts are awarded, we must make sure there is no backtracking from these commitments. And importantly,
we need to highlight the areas where we feel caterers could do more. We want to encourage caterers to source Fairtrade wherever a suitable Fairtrade product is available.

Join fellow Londoners in reminding the Olympic organisers of their commitments

What we are calling for:

(this is the text of the open letter)

LOCOG and the catering companies being awarded Olympic contracts, we recognise your support for establishing sustainable sourcing of catering products for the London Olympics.   We now call on you to turn those policies
into action.  In particular, to:
1) Keep your commitment that all tea, coffee and sugar served is Fairtrade – i.e FAIRTRADE Marked.
2) Go beyond simply having Fairtrade sugar available for hot beverages, and make sure any sugar used in your cooking / catering is Fairtrade sugar. Fairtrade-certified sugar is now available in catering-size packs.
3) Attain the best aspirational standards on fresh, and nuts and dried fruit,: work with suppliers to source Fairtrade pineapples, oranges, mangoes, avocados, lemons, soft citrus fruit, grapes – i.e. any fruit not grown in UK and for which a Fairtrade alternative
is available during the Games period, and nuts and dried fruit.
4) Make it easy for your customers to know you are meeting the benchmark on chocolate products:  sell/serve FAIRTRADE-Marked
chocolate, chocolate products and chocolate-based ingredients – the publicly most-recognised and independent guarantee that the cocoa is ethically sourced and fairly traded.
5) Aspire to use Fairtrade cocoa in all snack, meal or dessert products and beverages that include cocoa or chocolate-based
6) Investigate sourcing other Fairtrade products – taking items from the full range of Fairtrade food, including alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, rice, cotton, soap, flowers, and many other products, which you use during the Olympics (a full list of Fairtrade-certified product types can be found here).
7) Promote the Fairtrade Mark on all Fairtrade certified products, menus and promotional materials where Fairtrade products or
ingredients are used, and explain what it means. This will help to raise the profile of ethical sourcing with the millions of athletes, dignitaries, media, staff, visitors and volunteers who will take part in London 2012.

Click here to add your name to this open letter

The Campaign so Far:

We kicked off the campaign with a photo at our Borough workshops in November.  We have also gathered support for the
campaign at an Envision young London leaders eventand at our recent Christmas Marketplace and FairChristmas Fayre events.

Now it is over to you.  Help us to turn up the pressure on the Olympic organisers. Add your name to the open letter and then
circulate this email and encourage more people to sign.