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Fairtrade Fortnight 2012

An exciting programme of University events for the annual Fairtrade Fortnight has been arranged to celebrate fairtrade and highlight how it benefits some of the most disadvantaged people in the world.

Fairtrade Fortnight runs from 27 February to 11 March.

Events include:

A EUSA Fair Trade Cafe in the Chaplaincy.

An Afternoon Tea in the Chaplaincy Centre hosted by the Baking Society, ChocoSoc and SocieTea.

A football match in the Meadows.

 

More information on our Fairtrade Fortnight events are available on our fairtrade website.

Fairtrade fortnight

The University and Fairtrade

We are very proud that, in 2004, our Students’ Association (EUSA) drove the initiative for the University to become the first accredited Fairtrade university in Scotland, and the second in the UK.

As well as ensuring that only Fair Trade tea and coffee is served in the University and supporting the Malawi Rice initiative, students and staff support many other projects.

We have made enormous strides through our Global Academies in addressing major challenges such as health, food security, education, the environment, society and sustainable development.

We have a new Fair Trade academic network as well as a Business School-led corporate responsibility and governance network so that academics can support and encourage research in this field.

Students visit schools to introduce pupils to many of the issues surrounding Fairtrade, and staff contribute to policymaking forums in Scotland and beyond.

What is Fairtrade?

The Fairtrade Foundation seeks to create conditions where everyone is fairly rewarded for their work so that they can maintain a decent and dignified livelihood and develop their full potential.

Working with businesses, community groups and individuals, the Foundation aims to improve the trading position of producer organisations through fairer and more transparent trading structures and practices.

The benefits are more sustainable production methods, fairer terms of trade, decent working conditions and the opportunity to invest in better community facilities like schools and healthcare.

The FAIRTRADE mark is a registered certification label for products sourced from producers in developing countries which meet international fairtrade standards.