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.
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.
Fair trade is about improving livelihoods for producers through them receiving higher prices for their goods, and through providing additional benefits such as a Fairtrade Premium, training programmes, long-term contracts, and pre-financing. Well-known approaches to fair trade include the Fairtrade mark, and the World Fair Trade Organisation.
What the University is doing
The University is committed to continued promotion and understanding of fair trade.
Supporting the International Fair Trade Charter
We recognise and support the International Fair Trade Charter launched in September 2018 by the World Fair Trade Organisation and Fairtrade International. Supporters of the charter share a vision of a world in which everyone, through their work, can maintain a decent and dignified livelihood and develop their full human potential.
Fair trade in action
Our commitment to fair trade means that whenever possible we will buy products that are produced fairly and ethically and support on-going academic research and development in this area.
- University and Edinburgh University Students' Association catering outlets and shops continue to expand their stock of fair trade products, including many Fairtrade labelled products, and others such as Malawian rice from Just Trading Scotland
- We raise awareness of fair trade issues during Fairtrade Fortnight each year
- Fair trade is a standing item at Social Responsibility and Sustainability Committee meetings
- We are members of the Scottish Fair Trade Forum and Edinburgh Fair Trade City Group
Find out more about the University's fair trade products and initiatives below.