EU procurement law means UK Government can’t go 100% fair trade
This FOI release reveals a lot of public support for going 100% fair trade on tea and coffee:
“There were no comments that didn’t support inclusion of this criterion 50% fair trade]. The majority of those who responded on this criterion felt it was not ambitious enough and should be either increased to 100% for tea and coffee or that other products such as bananas and cocoa should be included”
But Government can’t go to 100% because:
“The 50% also allows some flexibility as EU public procurement laws make it impossible to specify fairly traded produce and other methods need to be used.”
The whole point of fair trade is excluding non-fair trade suppliers from the buying process. Someone has to get this fixed.