Procurement

Fairtrade

The University of Edinburgh is committed to fair trade procurement and to raising awareness on fairness in trade.

The University of Edinburgh is committed to fair trade procurement and to raising awareness on fairness in trade.

We have participated in the Fairtrade University scheme since 2004, making commitments to fair trade procurement, awareness-raising, and research. The University is now working towards its next award.

Most recently, the University took part in a 2017/18 pilot of a new Fairtrade University and Colleges Award, led by the Fairtrade Foundation and National Union of Students. We received a "two-star Fairtrade University Award” in recognition of our continued promotion of fair trade products and principles. This award was valid through May 2020, and we are now preparing to submit for reaccreditation in spring 2021. The University continues to maintain its longstanding commitment to fair trade and expand its approach to ethical supply chains.

The Fairtrade label signifies a higher price is paid to farmers in developing countries, as well as additional benefits such as a Fairtrade Premium for community development, and training for disadvantage producers.

See our fair trade web pages for details of our Fair Trade Policy and fair trade engagement activities.

Fair Trade web pages

Building on our experience in the Fairtrade University scheme, we are now taking a much broader approach to fairness in trade. As well as supporting a wider range of codes and standards relating to ethics in supply chains, we also encourage interdisciplinary research on fairness in trade.