Fairtrade sugar sachets will be rolled out to all Compass UK and Ireland catering sites throughout February to coincide with Fairtrade Fortnight, which begins today and calls on the nation to substitute everything it can for Fairtrade products in the Big Swap.
The rest of the sugar purchased by Compass, primarily be sourced from Belize, will be Fairtrade by June 2010 as part of a pledge believed to be an industry first.
Mike Walden, executive director of Compass' purchasing and supply chain, said: "Compass UK currently buys more than 1,200 tonnes of sugar a year so this is a major move for the business and one which we hope will have a big impact on the communities we are supporting by switching to Fairtrade sugar."
Harriet Lamb, executive director of the Fairtrade Foundation congratulated Compass for supporting the Big Swap. "This is sweet news for fair-trade farmers who through Fairtrade receive a fair price and a fair-trade premium.
"Compass' enthusiastic support for Fairtrade is an excellent example of how companies can get involved and make a difference and we urge other companies to do the same."
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By Janie Stamford
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