We have been a Fairtrade University since 2004, making commitments to fair trade procurement, awareness-raising, and research.
Our Fairtrade University status is awarded by the Fairtrade Foundation in recognition of our continued promotion of fair trade products and principles. In 2017/18 we took part in a pilot of a new Fairtrade University scheme, led by the Fairtrade Foundation and National Union of Students, receiving a "two-star Fairtrade University Award".
Fair trade is about improving livelihoods for producers through them receiving higher prices for their goods, and through providing additional benefits such as a Fairtrade Premium, training programmes, long-term contracts, and pre-financing. Well-known approaches to fair trade include the Fairtrade mark, and the World Fair Trade Organisation.
What the University is doing
The University is committed to continued promotion and understanding of fair trade.
This means that whenever possible we will buy products that are produced fairly and ethically and support on-going academic research and development in this area.
- University and Edinburgh University Students' Association catering outlets and shops continue to expand their stock of fair trade products, including many Fairtrade labelled products, and others such as Malawian rice from Just Trading Scotland
- We raise awareness of fair trade issues during Fairtrade Fortnight each year
- Fair trade is a standing item at Social Responsibility and Sustainability Committee meetings
- We are members of the Scottish Fair Trade Forum and Edinburgh Fair Trade City Group