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The University has held Fairtrade status since 2009 demonstrating our commitment to the principles and the promotion of Fairtrade. 

In 2019, Fairtrade launched a new award for Universities and Colleges run on their behalf by the NUS.  This award is more far reaching and requires Universities to meet at least eleven mandatory criteria before the award is obtained.  We are currently working towards the new criteria and will be audited in May 2021.

The Fairtrade Organisation is a charity which works with businesses, consumers and campaigners to ensure farmers and workers in developing countries obtain better prices, decent working conditions and a fair deal for the products they produce. Fairtrade do this by setting social, economic and environmental standards. 

For farmers and workers the standards include protection of workers’ rights and the environment, for companies they include the payment of the Fairtrade Minimum Price and an additional Fairtrade Premium to invest in business or community projects of the community’s choice.  Products which have met these standards carry the FAIRTRADE mark.

Fairtrade Logo

To obtain the new Fairtrade award we have to demonstrate that we continue to sell and promote Fairtrade products and offer them as part of our hospitality.  Fairtrade products can be found all over the University, from the clothing range and Ben & Jerrys ice cream available in the SU shop to chocolate, juices, coffee and much more in our Otters Restaurants. 

We also need to show that we publicise the benefits of buying Fairtrade products and hold events and activities during Fairtrade Fortnight held annually in February to March. Find out what we did in 2019/20 from the impact report attached and what our students and staff know about Fairtrade and what we can do better, from the scoping report attached.

For more information on Fairtrade, check out their website.

For more information on Fairtrade at the University contact