Fair trade

London Metropolitan University is applying for the Fairtrade University Status.

What is Fairtrade? 

Fairtrade ensures that better prices, decent working conditions and fair terms of trade are applied for farmers and workers.  It supports the development of farming and working communities to give them more control over their futures and protect the environment in which they live and work.

Products such as tea, coffee etc. are given a Fairtrade Mark.  This Mark means that the ingredients in the product meet Fairtrade social, economic and environmental standards.  The standards include protection of workers’ rights and the environment, payment of the Fairtrade Minimum Price and an additional Fairtrade Premium to invest in business or community projects.

Why should a Fairtrade Policy be implemented?

One of the key values outlined in the University’s Strategic Plan 2015-2020 is effective citizenship.  Achieving Fairtrade status for the University will help to support this key value, in particular promoting global citizenship, promoting social justice and supporting wider communities. 

The University has made significant inroads to reduce its environmental impact, however this has been mainly focused on local issues such as reducing energy consumption. As demonstrated by the University’s Carbon Management plan 2014-2017, the carbon footprint of supply chains is many times greater than the footprint of our buildings. Ensuring Fairtrade products are purchased would help reduce this as they support sustainable farming practices. 

Fair trade at London Met

London Metropolitan University is applying for the Fairtrade University Status. There are five goals to the process:

Goal 1: Instate formal Fairtrade policy.

The University, the Students Union and catering team have been working together in this policy, and we are delighted to announce that it has been approved on the 15/02/2017.

Fair Trade Policy 

Goal 2: Fairtrade products including food and cotton are made available for sale in all campus shops.

We are commited to gradually increase our fair trade products in all outlets in the University. Find below a list with the products currently available and where to find them.

 Product/Outlets   Junction  Costa  Library Enrico's   Hospitality Kitchen 
 Divine Chocolate  Y          
 Kit Kat  Y  Y  Y  Y    
Malteasers   Y    Y      
 Cadbury Milk Chocolate  Y          
 Bananas  Y  Y  Y  Y  
 Calypso Orange/Apple juices  Y          
 Hot Chocolate        Y  Y  
 Jacksons tea    Y        
 Sugar  Y      Y  Y  Y
Cocoa powder             Y

 

Goal 3: Fairtrade products are served at all meetings and events hosted by the University /College and the Student Union (or equivalent), including internal management meetings.

 

Goal 4: Campaigns are run on campus to increase the understanding of Fairtrade and consumption of Fairtrade products.

Here you will find a list of past and future events we have organised to promote the Fairtrade movement:

DateEventStudents/staff who attendedDescription/aims
19/12/16 Fairtrade bake off 40 Promote fair trade, complete Green Impact toolkit criteria and raise money for Theseus Boreas playground appeal.
7/03/17 Stalls at Goulston Street 100 approx Promote Green Week activities. Engage students and staff in a fair trade fortnight quiz - the winner gets a fair trade box of chocolates!
9/03/17 Stalls at Holloway Road 250 approx Promote Green Week activities. Engage students and staff in a fair trade fortnight quiz - the winner gets a fair trade box of chocolates!
10/03/17  Wine tasting 50 The objectives of this event were to celebrate the approval of the fair trade policy, the learn more about fairtrade, to learn how to taste wine and raise money for the Islington Food Bank.  It was a success!
24/04/17 Fairtrade bake off   Promote fair trade, complete Green Impact toolkit criteria and raise money for Bowel Cancer UK.

   

Goal 5: A Fairtrade Steering Group is established, with representatives from the student body, University/College staff and catering or procurement department.

Name

University position

Steering group role

Contact 

Tunde Toki Sabbatical Officer  Student Rep tunde.toki@londonmet.ac.uk
       
       
       

Image from the wine tasting event

London Metropolitan University is applying for the Fairtrade University Status.

Fairtrade ensures that better prices, decent working conditions and fair terms of trade are applied for farmers and workers. It supports the development of farming and working communities to give them more control over their futures and protect the environment in which they live and work.

Products such as tea and coffee are given a Fairtrade Mark. This Mark means that the ingredients in the product meet Fairtrade social, economic and environmental standards. The standards include protection of workers’ rights and the environment, payment of the Fairtrade Minimum Price and an additional Fairtrade Premium to invest in business or community projects.

One of the key values outlined in the University’s Strategic Plan 2015-2020 is effective citizenship. Achieving Fairtrade status for the University will help to support this key value, in particular promoting global citizenship, promoting social justice and supporting wider communities. 

The University has made significant inroads to reduce its environmental impact, however, this has been mainly focused on local issues such as reducing energy consumption. As demonstrated by the University’s Carbon Management plan 2014-2017, the carbon footprint of supply chains is many times greater than the footprint of our buildings. Ensuring Fairtrade products are purchased would help reduce this as they support sustainable farming practices. 

London Metropolitan University is applying for the Fairtrade University Status. There are five goals to the process:

Goal 1: Instate formal Fairtrade policy.

The University, the Students Union and catering team have been working together in this policy, and we are delighted to announce that it has been approved on the 15/02/2017.

Fair Trade Policy 

Goal 2: Fairtrade products including food and cotton are made available for sale in all campus shops.

We are committed to gradually increase our fair trade products in all outlets in the University. Find below a list of the products currently available and where to find them.

Fair trade products list

Goal 3: Fairtrade products are served at all meetings and events hosted by the University /College and the Student Union (or equivalent), including internal management meetings. 

Our catering services are provided by Chartwells upon request for each meeting.

We are now serving Lazio Fairtrade (Bulk Brew), and Fairtrade sugar in all meetings and events, internal and external, and gradually replacing existing Twining’s stocks with Jackson’s tea.

Where possible, we commit to include the use of fair trade juices and fruits for meetings and events. 

Goal 4: Campaigns are run on campus to increase the understanding of Fairtrade and consumption of Fairtrade products.

Here you will find a list of past and future events we have organised to promote the Fairtrade movement:

DateEventStudents/staff who attendedDescription/aims
19/12/16 Fairtrade bake off 40 Promote fair trade, complete Green Impact toolkit criteria and raise money for Theseus Boreas playground appeal.
7/03/17 Stalls at Goulston Street 100  Promote Green Week activities. Engage students and staff in a fair trade fortnight quiz - the winner gets a fair trade box of chocolates!
9/03/17 Stalls at Holloway Road 250  Promote Green Week activities. Engage students and staff in a fair trade fortnight quiz - the winner gets a fair trade box of chocolates!
10/03/17  Wine tasting 50 (Limited availability) The objectives of this event were to celebrate the approval of the fair trade policy, learn more about Fairtrade, learn how to taste wine and raise money for the Islington Food Bank.  It was a success!
24/04/17 Fairtrade bake off 60  Promote fair trade, complete Green Impact toolkit criteria and raise money for Bowel Cancer UK.
9/05/17 Chocolate tasting  30 (Limited availability) Are you a self-confessed chocoholic? The Sustainability Team and Students' Union will be hosting a finger-licking event, where you will be able to taste lots of chocolate, learn more about fair trade and what the University is doing about it.

 

Goal 5: A Fairtrade Steering Group is established, with representatives from the student body, University/College staff and catering or procurement department.

Members to be confirmed soon. 

Name

University position

Steering group role

Contact 

Tunde Toki Sabbatical Officer  Student Rep tunde.toki@londonmet.ac.uk

    

 

    

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