Fair trade

Image from the wine tasting event

London Metropolitan University has achieved 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. We have achieved Fairtrade university status and this 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 has achieved Fairtrade University Status and here are 5 Fairtrade Goals the University has completed.

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 

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

*Products are subject to availability

Fairtrade products are served at all meetings and events hosted by the University and the Student Union, including internal management meetings 

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

We are now serving Compass Fairtrade Coffee, Clipper Organic Fairtrade tea and Fairtrade sugar in all meetings and events, internal and external.

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

Goal 4 is to run campaigns on campus to increase the understanding of Fairtrade and consumption of Fairtrade products.

Here you will find a list of past 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 4 is to run campaigns on campus to increase the understanding of Fairtrade and consumption of Fairtrade products.

Here you will find a list of future events we will organise to promote the Fairtrade movement:

DateEventStudents/staff who attendedDescription/aims
13/12/17 Christmas Bake Off 10 participants and cake sold to 57 students and staff Celebrate Fairtrade University status and promote the University involvement. Open for students and staff to take part over the Christmas market. We rised £60 from the cake sales for the Islington Foodbank.
28/02/18 Food and Fairtrade stall at the Junction   A stall during our Spotlight on Food and Fairtrade month to rise awareness about Fairtade Fortnight, products available at our cafes. Engage students and staff in a fair trade fortnight quiz - the winner gets a fair trade box of chocolates!
01/03/18 Food and Fairtrade stall at the Goulston Street   A stall during our Spotlight on Food and Fairtrade month to rise awareness about Fairtade Fortnight, products available at our cafes. Engage students and staff in a fair trade fortnight quiz - the winner gets a fair trade box of chocolates!
02/03/17 Wine tasting 50 (Limited availability) Learn more about Fairtrade and how to taste wine. Donations goes to charity Mind Yourself. This is Fairtrade Fortnight event.
16/03/18 The Great Easter Bake Off in Aldgate   Open for staff and students The Great Easter Bake Off will take place in Aldgate campus for a very first time. Charity TBC.
17/04/18 Cycle safety with Fairtrade coffee morning   We are teaming up with Health & Safety team to run cycle safety campaign and have Fairtrade coffee morning in conjunction with the campaign.
 10/05/18 Chocolate tasting  

Get stamina before May Exams with some Fairtrade chocolate tasting!

 

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

Catering members to be confirmed soon. 

Name

University position

Steering group role

Contact 

Rachel Ward Sustainability Manager Staff Representative r.ward@londonmet.ac.uk
Zanda Pipira Sustainability Assistant Staff Representative r.ward@londonmet.ac.uk
Tunde Toki Student Union president Student Representative tunde.toki@londonmet.ac.uk
    Catering Representative  

 

    

 

    

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