Lyons Davidson is delighted to have been involved in the South West Fairtrade Business Awards 2013. The ceremony was held on 8 May at Colston Hall in Bristol, which has been a Fairtrade City since 2005. The event brought together more than 150 business leaders from around the region and was opened by Mayor of Bristol George Ferguson.
The Awards aim to increase support for Fairtrade among businesses throughout the region, by recognising their commitment and encouraging others to get involved. Increasing sales of Fairtrade products means that more small producers in the developing world are able to make a living in a sustainable way. The awards were presented by chef Levi Roots, who gave his impressions of the impact Fairtrade has on the cocoa farmers he recently visited in Ghana.
The ceremony provided a welcome opportunity for Lyons Davidson to integrate with local businesses and community representatives who are also involved in promoting Fairtrade. We gained a Silver Award in the Best Fairtrade Office category, with Gold going to City College Plymouth. We pledge our commitment to Fairtrade by buying only Fairtrade tea, coffee and sugar, and requesting Fairtrade catering for meetings wherever possible. We also actively promote Fairtrade activity throughout the company, for example, holding Fairtrade ingredients cake sales and encouraging staff to ‘Take A Step’ in Fairtrade Fortnight 2012. We also demonstrate a wider commitment to the environment through ISO 14001 Environmental Systems Management accreditation and an active Green Office Group.
Lyons Davidson were also proud to sponsor the Best Fairtrade Business Award. This was won by Easy Bean of Yeovil, which makes ready meals using Fairtrade, natural ingredients.
For more information on Lyons Davidson’s involvement in Fairtrade and the environment, please contact us on 0117 904 6000.