Social Responsibility and Sustainability

Fairtrade Fortnight 2015

The University is again celebrating Fairtrade Fortnight with a series of events to showcase the benefits of buying Fair Trade. Fairtrade Fortnight 2015 runs from 23 February to 8 March.

Edinburgh became the first Scottish university to attain Fairtrade status following a vote by students in February 2003.

The move has seen Edinburgh and EUSA make commitments to procuring and selling fair trade products, and raising awareness of fair trade.


Throughout the fortnight, students are organising an exhibition on fair trade titled "What does Fair Trade mean to you?" with photographs submitted by students. Event attendees can meet fair trade producers, taste fresh baked fair trade cakes, and learn more about where our food, clothes and electronics come from.

A Food Researchers in Edinburgh (FRiED) seminar with Dr Ben Richardson, Associate Professor at the University of Warwick, will look at the economics of our sugar addition.

More than food

How was your phone made? The University's Ethics Forum will investigate the reality of fair trade beyond food in a panel discussion featuring academic and industry experts, asking "should the University be worried about conflict minerals?"

Meet the producers

We are delighted to welcome representatives from Craftaid Mauritius and Koolskools to the University of Edinburgh for a "meet the producers" event. Visitors will have the chance to interact with inspiring people who are working together to bring Fair Trade cotton into UK supply chains.

Upcoming events

Events may be photographed and/or recorded for promotional or recruitment materials for the University and University approved third parties.

Past events

Monday, 2 March 2015

How can fair cotton make a difference? Join us for a showcase of ethical clothing and learn more about the production and supply of Fair Trade textiles.

Read about Meet the Fair Trade producers

Monday, 23 February 2015

Join us for an insightful talk exploring the pervasiveness of sugar in the contemporary diet, and strategies proposed to change dietary habits.

Read about A capital appetite: The political economy of sugar consumption