Our new Fair Trade Policy was endorsed by Court in June 2013. Having a Fair Trade Policy is one of the Fairtrade Foundation's criteria for Fairtrade University status.
The University of Edinburgh aims to contribute to meeting the global poverty challenge by:
- Expanding the range of fair trade foods, beverages and apparel available at all campus shops, canteens, cafés, meeting rooms, restaurants and bars.
- Ensuring fair trade tea and coffee is used at all meetings and encouraging consumption of fair trade products in offices.
- Raising awareness on issues of fairness in global trade through events and online content.
- Carrying out and disseminating research on fairness in trade, and encouraging associated teaching, through our Fair Trade Academic Network.
- Collaborating with the Edinburgh Fair Trade City Initiative and the Scottish Fair Trade Forum on what it means for Scotland to be a Fair Trade Nation, and with other relevant groups such as the Worker Rights Consortium.
Our student-staff Fair Trade Steering Group will regularly review and make recommendations to revise the University’s approach to fair trade procurement and awareness-raising, taking into account the latest developments in fair trade movements and in academia.
This article was published on Aug 1, 2013