Tenth birthday for Fairtrade

Students and staff are celebrating the tenth anniversary of Edinburgh becoming a Fairtrade University.

Woman picking fair trade tea

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.

Fairtrade fortnight

This Fairtrade Fortnight (24 February - 9 March), all are invited to get involved in fair trade events organised by students and staff.

A public lecture entitled Does Fair Trade make a difference? will be held on 25 February, with key note speaker Paul Chandler, former chief executive of leading fair trade organisation Traidcraft.

Also taking part is Humza Yousaf MSP - on the very day that Scotland marks the first anniversary of the country becoming a Fair Trade Nation.


Fairtrade Fortnight event details


In this short video, University and EUSA staff talk about fair trade at Edinburgh.


Throughout the fortnight, students are organising an exhibition on fair trade, with artworks submitted by students; a bike-powered fair trade film screening event; and a fair trade wine tasting event with wine producers attending from overseas.

The University’s Fair Trade Academic Network will host a seminar on ‘Fairtrade and food security’ as part of the Just World Institute Ethics Forum seminar series.

Student volunteers are busy writing up news articles on these events for the University’s fair trade website.

What's next?

At all fair trade events this semester, the staff-student Fair Trade Steering Group are carrying out a consultation on ‘What next for fair trade?’.

They will gather views from students, staff and the wider public on how our work to improve livelihoods and working conditions in developing countries can be taken further.

Attendees at events are asked to write their views on fair trade on triangles of coloured card to be made into bunting. Views will also be collected via social media.

The results of this consultation will feed into the University’s future strategy on fair trade and social responsibility.

Photography courtesy Fairtrade Foundation.

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