In 2017 London Metropolitan University achieved Fairtrade University Status and is working bi-annually to retain this certification. Below are our five main goals we have achieved during this certification cycle 2018 -2020.
Goal 1: Leadership and strategy
The University, the Students' Union, and Catering Team have been working together to create this policy. It was approved on 15 February 2017 and reviewed bi-annually.
A Fairtrade Steering Group is established with representatives from the student body, University staff, and catering or procurement department.
We have SMART Action Plan which includes operational considerations such as procurement and catering, campaigning and influencing, engagement and communications.
Leadership and strategy Criteria (1, 2 and 3).
Goal 2: Campaigning and Influencing
We are holding a series of events/promotions/engagement activities during Fairtrade Fortnight 2019 and 2020 and we have measured impact across the events. This data can be found in our Fairtrade Impact report at the end of this page.
In addition, we aim to deliver innovative campaign or event on Fairtrade, trade justice or ethical consumption which will be run in partnership with students or solely by students.
Do you have an idea of how to highlight the need to support Fairtrade to enable farmers to get a fair price for their produce? You could hold an online (currently) event to highlight how farmers can be disadvantaged in the global market.
Let's work on Fairtrade all year, contact us with your ideas - email firstname.lastname@example.org
Campaigning and Influencing Criteria (4 and 5).
Goal 3: Fairtrade products in all campus food outlets and e-shop
Fairtrade products including food and cotton are made available for sale in all campus food outlets and e-shop. You will be able to see Point Of Sale material in all relevant food outlets, highlighting Fairtrade products and providing information on the benefits of Fairtrade to growing communities.
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.
*Products are subject to availability, Procurement, Retail & Catering Criteria (6, 7 and 8).
Goal 4: Fairtrade in research and curriculum
We carried out Fairtrade Survey to help us to target our actions for the next year.
In partnership with Students’ Union we are working to provide and publicise opportunities for students to investigate Fairtrade, trade justice or ethical consumption issues on or off-campus within their course work or dissertations.
We will be investigating what types of coursework and dissertations are already covered by Fairtrade and will evaluate how we can help students from any discipline to integrate issues of Fairtrade, trade justice or ethical consumption into their coursework.
Further Fairtrade information available on the following websites for students:
Fairtrade Foundation - home of Fairtrade Foundation
Fairtrade International - International Fairtrade resource
Library catalouge - our online Library provides range of resources
Take a look at our Fairtrade Action Plan and Survey too!
*Research and curriculum Criteria (9 and 10).