Fairtrade

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 to create this policy. It was approved on the 15/02/2017 and reviewed yearly.

Fair Trade Policy

Fairtrade products including food and cotton are made available for sale in all campus outlets.

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.

Fairtrade product 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 including 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:

 

Date

Event

Students/staff who attended

Description/aims

19/12/16

Fairtrade bake off

40

Promote Fairtrade, 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.

09/05/17

Chocolate tasting

 17 staff and students

The Sustainability Team and Students' Union is hosting a finger-licking event, where you will be able to taste lots of chocolate, learn more about Fairtrade and what the University is doing about it.

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 in the Christmas market. We raised £60 from the cake sales for the Islington Foodbank.

28/02/18

Food and Fairtrade stall at the Junction

37 staff and students took part. 

A stall during our Spotlight on Food and Fairtrade month to raise awareness about Fairtrade 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

9 staff and students took part. 

A stall during our Spotlight on Food and Fairtrade month to raise awareness about Fairtrade 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!

12/03/18

The Great Easter Bake Off in Aldgate

3 participants and cakes cold to 50 staff and students.

Open for staff and students The Great Easter Bake Off will take place in Aldgate campus for a very first time. Donations go to Islington Foodbank.

16/03/18

Wine tasting

50 staff and students took part.

Learn more about Fairtrade and how to taste wine. Donations go to charity Mind Yourself. This is Fairtrade Fortnight event.

 10/05/18

Chocolate tasting

19 staff and students. 

Get stamina before May Exams with some Fairtrade chocolate tasting!

 

 

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
December 2018 Christmas Bake Off    
February 2019 Food and Fairtrade stall at the Junction    
March 2019 Food and Fairtrade stall at the Goulston Street    
March 2019 Wine tasting    
March 2019 The Great Easter Bake Off in Aldgate    
 May 2019 Chocolate tasting  

 

 

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

Fairtrade Steering Group 2017/18

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