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Ten years for Fairtrade

As the University marks a decade of Fairtrade status, staff are encouraged to attend a range of Fairtrade Fortnight celebrations.

From 24 February to 9 March, anniversary events organised by staff and students will be staged around the campus.

fairtrade worker

Collaboration and commitment

In 2004 Edinburgh became the first Fairtrade-accredited university in Scotland, following a campaign by EUSA.

In line with the University’s 'Strategic Plan 2012-2016' and Fair Trade Policy, Edinburgh continues its commitment to procure and sell fair trade products, develop research on fairness in global trade, raise awareness and collaborate with other Fairtrade-affiliated groups and bodies.

Variety of events

Events during the University’s fortnight of anniversary celebrations include:

  • a public lecture, ‘Does Fair Trade Make a Difference?’
  • a roundtable discussion organised by the Politics & International Relations department
  • a Just World Institute Ethics Forum seminar hosted by the University’s Fair Trade Academic Network
  • a bicycle-powered film screening
  • a wine-tasting event with international producers

Fairtrade Fortnight 2014 events

Views sought

Members of the University’s Fair Trade Steering Group will undertake a consultation on ‘What’s next for fair trade’ at all events.

Attendees will be asked to comment on paper cards how the University’s commitment to improving livelihoods and working conditions in developing countries could be enhanced. The cards will then 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 social responsibility and sustainability.

Photo: Simon Rawles

Related Links

Fairtrade Fortnight 2014

Fair trade at the University

Social Responsibility and Sustainability

Fairtrade Foundation