Social Responsibility and Sustainability

Fairtrade Fortnight

The University is committed to promoting fair trade wherever possible, and works actively to combat human rights abuses in supply chains.

‘Every purchase is a vote cast’ - 6 word stories for Fairtrade Fortnight

Fairtrade Fortnight 2018: Monday 26 February - Sunday 11 March

Fairtrade Fortnight is an action-packed highlight of the year, when campaigners, businesses, schools and places of worship show their support for the farmers and workers who grow our food in developing countries.

Fairtrade Foundation

We have been a Fairtrade University since 2004 and are active in Edinburgh’s Fairtrade City Group. We supported Scotland’s bid to become a Fair Trade Nation, a status that was awarded in 2013.

It's Fairtrade Fortnight, come on in

Fairtrade Fortnight events

Fairtrade Fortnight information


Thinking of running your own activity or event? Let us know!

We’re calling on staff and students to join us in exploring what it means to be fair trade and highlight ways we can have a positive impact. 

Whether you’re interested in fair trade food, clothing, policy or debate, be part of Fairtrade Fortnight and organise your own event!

Stuck for an idea? How about organising a bake sale and showcase the best of Fairtrade baking products, organise a community Fairtrade breakfast, or why not organise a lecture or debate on an area of fair trade that’s important to you?

Email Rachel (, and we will include the details in our Fairtrade Fortnight calendar, and promote to the wider University and networks.


Fairtrade bananas and apple juice

Fairtrade Fortnight 6 word story for fruit - '‘Cheap bananas: who pays the price?’'
All bananas at the University are Fairtrade from Panama

Hot beverages

Fairtrade Fortnight 6 word story for beverages - 'Your morning cuppa: infused with fairness'
Last year, we served 2.3 million cups of Fairtrade coffee, 600,000 cups of Fairtrade hot chocolate and 751,000 cups of Fairtrade tea


Fairtrade Fortnight 6 word story for electronics - 'offer: long hours, no pay, permanent'
The University became a founding member of Electronics Watch in 2014, an EU-wide initiative which supports public buyers in calling for fair working conditions in electronics manufacturing

Rice from Malawi

Fairtrade Fortnight 6 word story for rice - ‘Fairly priced rice: school fees paid’
All rice served at the University is sourced from smallholder farmers in Malawi through Just Trading Scotland, a Scottish fair trade distributor.

Fairtrade Fortnight 2017

See everything that happened during Fairtrade Fortnight 2017 on Storify

Fairtrade Fortnight 2016: Visions for Change

Modern slavery: are we complicit?