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 2017: Monday 27 February - Sunday 12 March

Join thousands of others across the UK this Fairtrade Fortnight to help our friends, neighbours, colleagues and communities to put Fairtrade in their coffee break and take exploitation out.

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.

Fairtrade Fortnight 2017 give away hamper (coffee, chocolate, tea, muesli, fruit, rice and a Edinburgh Loves Fairtrade tote bag)
Fairtrade goodies up for grabs - thank you to the One World Shop for donating part of the prize!

Fairtrade Fortnight activities and information

Win a fair trade hamper

For Fairtrade Fortnight 2017 we asked staff and students to follow us and send a photo of their fair trade break using the hashtag #UoEFairtrade on Twitter (@EdSust) or Instagram (@Edinburgh.Sustainability). We enjoyed seeing the fair trade tea breaks from around the University, even including a fair trade pancake break! The winner was Literatures, Languages & Cultures with their pancake day snap.


See everything that happened during Fairtrade Fortnight on Storify


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 2016: Visions for Change

Modern slavery: are we complicit?