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Fairtrade Fortnight

Fairtrade Fortnight 2014 marks ten years of the University being a Fair Trade University.

Over the years, the University and EUSA have made commitments to procuring and selling fair trade goods on campus, and have held awareness-raising events on fair trade.


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To mark our ten years of fair trade work, Fairtrade Fortnight will run from 24th February - 9th March 2014 and includes a range of events:

  • ‘Does fair trade make a difference?’. Staff, students and alumni are invited to a public lecture by Paul Chandler, former Chief Executive of Traidcraft. This day also marks one year of Scotland being a Fair Trade Nation and so the lecture includes the participation of MSP Humza Yousaf, Minister for External Affairs and International Development
  • A bike-powered fair trade film screening event
  • A student volunteer curated exhibition: ‘What does fair trade mean to you?’
  • EUSA is hosting a talk and tasting event with fair trade wine producers
  • The University’s Fair Trade Academic Network is holding a seminar on fair trade and food security, with academic and practitioner speakers
  • Later in March, EUSA will be hosting a fair trade ceilidh


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

Further details on all these events can be found on the University’s Fair Trade webpages.

Fairtrade Fortnight on the Sustainability webpages

Tickets for the Paul Chandler lecture are available via Eventbrite:

What next?

We are keen to continue to take fair trade further. Throughout this semester, we are carrying out a consultation process; asking students, staff and others to share their thoughts on ‘What next for fair trade?’ and help inform next steps.

Please do join some of the events above and give us your views on our approach to fair trade!