North Bristol NHS Trust wins Fairtrade award

Monday, 9 March 2015

Southmead Hospital’s staff restaurant, The Vu, was one of the winners announced at the South West Fairtrade Business Awards held on Friday.  

North Bristol NHS Trust was presented with a silver award in recognition of its commitment to buy fairly traded products and also for the good work of the catering team in terms of raising awareness amongst staff about the products on sale which include bananas, tea, coffee, fruit juice and chocolate.

Southmead Hospital’s staff restaurant, The Vu, was one of the winners at the South West Fairtrade Business Awards

Fairtrade standards guarantee environmental protection of local ecosystems and rainforests, as well as strict controls on waste, carbon emissions and water use. Fairtrade is an excellent anti-poverty tool as well as supporting sustainable farming methods across the globe.

The recognisable Fairtrade mark on products guarantees the small scale farmers in developing countries a fair and living wage, as well as a social premium to benefit the wider community, to be spent on healthcare, education, clean water and more.

The awards ceremony was held at the Watershed and was part of Bristol Green Capital 2015 Programme of events.

North Bristol NHS Trust celebrated Fairtrade Fortnight (February 23 to March 6) with a special Fairtrade pudding on the lunch menu for staff and by offering members of staff free tasters of Fairtrade chocolate and giving away a Fairtrade hamper.

To celebrate the award and share our success with staff, the catering team baked a special Fairtrade cake using Fairtrade chocolate, sugar and organic flour. Members of staff using the café today (Monday, March 9) will be offered a free slice of cake with their hot drinks.