Primary Policy and Current Documents for Fairtrade

Department of Finance and Personnel (DfP) Central Procurement Directorate (CPD) Fairtrade Procurement Guide PGN 02/06 (2006)

Northern Ireland Executive - Sustainable Development Strategy (2010) 
Commitment 18: “We will publish a comprehensive programme to promote, establish and facilitate ethical and fair trade relations which support sustainable growth. We will continue to proactively promote our programme internationally through the lifetime of this strategy.”

Northern Ireland Assembly & Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister (2012) “Support, in line with cross-departmental practice, the policy of using Fairtrade products for official hospitality.”

Business in the Community (BITC) – Fairtrade A Guide for Your Business (2012)

Northern Ireland Assembly Fairtrade motion passed unanimously (cross-party) – (2012)  
Hansard Page 240 to: “Support and promote Fairtrade whenever possible.”  

Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister (OFMdFM) – Sustainable Development Statutory Duty, A Guide for Public Authorities (2013)

Northern Ireland Assembly and Business Trust (NIABT) – Fairtrade and Corporate Social Responsibility (2013)

Northern Ireland Executive’s International Relations Strategy (2014)
Point 9.4 Key Principles: “To support the promotion of Fair Trade.”

Department of Finance and Personnel (DfP) Central Procurement Directorate (CPD) Integrating Sustainable Development into the Procurement of Food and Catering Services PGN 04/14 (2014)

European Union Public Procurement Directive making it easier to choose Fair Trade (2014)
The new law confirms the set direction by the European Union (EU) Court of Justice in the case ruling (European Commission vs Netherlands C‑368/10), clarifying that public procurement contracts can legally award additional points (weighting criteria) to products of “Fair Trade origin”.  In addition, the Directive allows tender documents to refer to specific certification schemes as proof of the Fair Trade credentials of a product.  The law came into effect on March 2014. All EU Member States will have until 2016 to incorporate it into their national laws.

Public Procurement for Fairtrade Towns (2014)