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Fairtrade Fortnight 2015

A programme of fair trade events has been organised by staff and students for Fairtrade Fortnight 2015.

Starting today, the event runs until Sunday 8 March.

Range of events

Staff are invited to get involved with a range of events, including:

  • What does fair trade mean to you? A student-organised exhibition - meet fair trade producers, try fair trade cakes and learn where food, clothes and electronics come from.
  • Food Researchers in Edinburgh: Dr Ben Richardson, from the University of Warwick, hosts a seminar on the economics of our sugar addiction.
  • More than food: A panel discussion hosted by the Just World Institute, with academic and industry experts debating purchasing minerals from conflict zones.
  • Meet the producers: Interact with representatives from Craftaid Mauritius and Koolskools, who are working to bring fair trade cotton into the UK supply chain.


EUSA has been committed to procuring and selling fair trade products, and raising awareness of fair trade issues, for the past 12 years.

Edinburgh was the first Scottish university to attain Fairtrade status, following a student vote in February 2003.

That commitment to fair trade in academic work and procurement was recognised in November last year, when the University received a Special Recognition Award from the Scottish Fair Trade Forum.

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