What is Fairtrade?
Fairtrade ensures that better prices, decent working conditions and fair terms of trade are applied for farmers and workers. It supports the development of farming and working communities to give them more control over their futures and protect the environment in which they live and work.
Products such as tea and coffee are given a Fairtrade Mark. This Mark means that the ingredients in the product meet Fairtrade social, economic and environmental standards. The standards include protection of workers’ rights and the environment, payment of the Fairtrade Minimum Price and an additional Fairtrade Premium to invest in business or community projects.
One of the key values outlined in the University’s Strategic Plan 2015-2020 is effective citizenship. We have achieved Fairtrade university status and this will help to support this key value, in particular promoting global citizenship, promoting social justice and supporting wider communities.
The University has made significant inroads to reduce its environmental impact, however, this has been mainly focused on local issues such as reducing energy consumption. As demonstrated by the University’s Carbon Management plan 2014-2017, the carbon footprint of supply chains is many times greater than the footprint of our buildings. Ensuring Fairtrade products are purchased would help reduce this as they support sustainable farming practices.
5 Fairtrade Goals
Goal 1 - Fairtrade Policy
The University, the Students Union, and Catering Team have been working together to create this policy. It was approved on the 15/02/2017 and reviewd yearly.
Goal 2 - Fairtrade Products in all campus shops
Fairtrade products including food and cotton are made available for sale in all campus outlets.
We are committed to gradually increase our fair trade products in all outlets in the University. Find below a list of the products currently available and where to find them.
*Products are subject to availability
Goal 3 - Fairtrade products in meetings
Fairtrade products are served at all meetings and events hosted by the University and the Student Union, including internal management meetings.
Our catering services are provided by Chartwells upon request for each meeting.
We are now serving Compass Fairtrade Coffee, Clipper Organic Fairtrade tea, and Fairtrade sugar in all meetings and events, internal and external.
Where possible, we commit to including the use of fair trade juices and fruits for meetings and events.
Goal 4 - Campaigns
We run campaigns on campus to increase the understanding of Fairtrade and consumption of Fairtrade products. Since joining we have organised 12 events to promote the Fairtrade movements. Full information on events we run is available on Student and Staff Zones.
Goal 5 - A Fairtrade Steering Group
A Fairtrade Steering Group is established, with representatives from the student body, University staff, and catering or procurement department.