The St Andrews Fairtrade Town Campaign has been working closely with The R&A, which organises The Open, since the Championship was staged in St Andrews in 2010. This has led to The R&A introducing Fairtrade products as part of The Open’s broader commitment to sustainability. All tea, coffee, hot chocolate, sugar and bananas supplied throughout the 2015 Championship were Fairtrade.

Michael Wells, The R&A’s Director of Championship Staging, commented:

“The Open is one of the world’s foremost sporting events and we pride ourselves on the quality of experience which we provide to all our patrons, spectators and guests.

A huge amount of work goes into successfully delivering a world class catering operation and we are continually looking for ways we can improve. We are delighted to be working closely with the St Andrews Fairtrade Group to ensure our food and drink offering meets high standards for ethical production.”

Mary Popple, Chair of the St Andrews Fairtrade Town Group, said:

“It has been excellent to work closely with The R&A around their use and promotion of Fairtrade produce at The 144th Open and we are confident that the support for Fairtrade by an event of this magnitude will have far-reaching positive impacts moving forward.”