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Fair trade accolade

The University has been presented with a Special Recognition Award by the Scottish Fair Trade Forum.

Celebrating Success: Karen Bowman, Director of Procurement, with the award alongside representatives from the Department of Social Responsibility and Sustainability and EUSA.

The award recognises the University's outstanding commitment to fair trade, including its achievements in campaigning.

It was announced during the Forum's Fair Trade Awards 2014, hosted at the University Chaplaincy on Bristo Square.

Evelyn Bain, Procurement Manager, and Karen Bowman, Director of Procurement, received special mention for their work in bringing fair trade to the forefront of the University's social responsibility agenda over many years.

This means a great deal to all of the people who have assisted the University of Edinburgh achieve its Fair Trade status. We are driven by passion and the knowledge that we can make a change and influence outcomes which will drive equality and fairness for all.

Evelyn BainProcurement Manager

Broad recognition

The award celebrates the work of a wide range of staff and students in delivering the University's fair trade commitment, including those in Procurement, Social Responsibility and Sustainability, the University's Fair Trade Academic Network and EUSA.

Edinburgh became a Fairtrade University in 2004 following a student vote. In 2013 the University launched a UK-wide fair trade community of practice within the Environmental Association of Universities and Colleges.