Fairtrade Policy

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. These 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.

Why should a Fairtrade Policy be implemented?

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 helps 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. 

Fairtrade at London Met

London Metropolitan University achieved Fairtrade University Status in 2017. Five Fairtrade goals that the University has achieved are as follows:

Goal 1: Leadership and strategy

The University, Students' Union and Catering team have been working together to create this policy. It was approved on the 15/02/2017 and is reviewed on a yearly basis.

Fair Trade Policy

A Fairtrade Steering Group has been established with representatives from the student body, university staff and members from the catering or procurement department.

Fairtrade Steering Group 2020-21

We have Fairtrade University 2019-20 SMART Targets that includes operational considerations such as procurement and catering, campaigning and influencing, engagement and communications.

*Leadership and strategy criteria (1, 2 and 3).

Goal 2: Campaigning and influencing

We are holding a series of events/promotions/engagement activities during Fairtrade Fortnight 2019 and 2020 (24th February - 8th March 2020) and we have measured impact across the events. This date will be included in our Fairtrade Impact Report.

In addition, we aim to deliver one innovative campaign on Fairtrade, trade justice or ethical consumption, which will be run in partnership with students.

*Campaigning and influencing criteria (4 and 5).

Goal 3: Fairtrade products in all campus food outlets and on our e-shop

Fairtrade products including food and cotton are made available for sale in all campus food outlets and on our e-shop. You will be able to see point-of-sale material in all relevant food outlets, highlighting Fairtrade products and providing information on the benefits of Fairtrade to growing communities.

We are committed to gradually increasing our Fairtrade products in all outlets in the University. Find below a list of the products currently available and where to find them.

Fairtrade product list  

*Products are subject to availability. Procurement, Retail & Catering Criteria (6, 7 and 8).

Goal 4: Fairtrade in research and curriculum 

We are carrying out a Fairtrade survey to help us target our actions for the next year. We will make the findings publicly available on this page in April 2020.

In partnership with our Students’ Union, we are working to provide and publicise opportunities for students to investigate Fairtrade, trade justice or ethical consumption issues on or off-campus within their coursework or dissertations.

*Research and curriculum criteria (9 and 10).

Goal 5: Impact report

We will publish our new Fairtrade Impact Report on this page in April 2020. Our impact report will include our actions on Fairtrade, trade justice and ethical consumption. This will refer to the tasks and progress made through the SMART action plan.

*Outcomes criteria (11). 

Complete the Fairtrade Survey before 6 March 2020 for a chance to win two tickets to a Fairtrade wine tasting on 13 March.

The deadline to complete the survey is 20 March 2020 at 5pm. All entries will be entered into a prize draw to win some of our very own London Met honey!


Fairtrade Fortnight 2020

The impact Fairtrade Fortnight has in making trade fairer depends on people across the UK getting involved, so we need you to spread the message. 

This year's Fairtrade Fortnight will focus on cocoa, women and living income: She Deserves a Living Income.

When: 24 February - 8 March
Where: Across London Met University
Join the Sustainability Team at our Fairtrade events to raise awareness. 

Fairtrade chocolate tasting
When: 28 February, 1pm to 2pm
Where: The Rocket (backroom)

The Sustainability Team and Students’ Union will be hosting a finger-licking event, where you'll be able to taste lots of chocolate, learn more about Fairtrade and what the University is doing about it!

Fairtrade Fortnight informative stalls

When: 25 February, 11am to 2pm
Where: The Junction Cafe, Holloway campus

When: 27 February, 11am to 2pm
Where: Goulston Street reception / The Atrium
Visit our stalls to find out more about Fairtrade and the products available at our cafes. Meet our Catering Team to try Fairtrade cupcakes. There will also be a Fairtrade quiz with a chance to win G&B's milk miniature bar collections!
When: 4 March
Where: The Rocket (backroom)

As part of Fairtrade Fortnight, we're inviting you to a free Fairtrade film in The Rocket's backroom. This film provides an in-depth look at trade and globalisation.

Fairtrade Bake Off for charity
Join the Estates Green Impact Team to support Fairtrade and our local Islington charity! Pop by The Junction Cafe to buy a slice of cake for £1. You can also bake some Fairtrade cakes and bring them over! Please fill in the registration form if you would like to get involved.

When: 5 March, 12.30pm with cake sale until 2pm
Where: The Junction