Case Study: Over 11,000 trees planted in Malawi, Africa with Fruitful Office
Since 2011, Telereal Trillium has partnered with Fruitful Office, a social enterprise supplier who is committed to planting one fruit tree in Malawi for every fruit basket that their customers consume. In normal times, Fruitful Office delivers fresh fruit to our offices in London Wall and Leeds.
Fruitful Office encourages organisations to promote a healthy workplace by offering fresh fruit to staff. They work with Ripple Africa, committing to planting one fruit tree in Malawi for every fruit basket that their customers consume.
The trees are grown by individual Malawian householders – 10,000 families each raise 35 trees. These families benefit from the trees to provide fruit, firewood for cooking, and in some cases, to generate income.
In 2019, Telereal Trillium’s purchases with Fruitful Office resulted in 2,404 fruit trees planted in Malawi and since joining Fruitful Office in 2011, our total contribution of fruit trees is 11,232.
In addition to supporting some of the poorest communities in the world, Fruitful Office has embarked on a new programme in the UK to ensure that any excess fruit does not go to waste. Excess fruit, be it from over ordering, corporates under usage, and pieces of fruit not meeting Fruitful Offices stringent quality controls, is now distributed to local charities, less privileged schools and some of the UK’s zoos so others can also reap the benefit of fresh fruit.