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 five 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:

Fairtrade Campaigns 2016-2018

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 events organised in 2018/19 to promote the Fairtrade movement:

DateEventStudents/staff who attendedDescription/aims
11 December 2018, 12pm, The Rocket Christmas Bake Off 1 student and 2 staff attended.  Promote Fairtrade, complete Green Impact toolkit criteria and raise money for Islington Food bank. We raised £46.84 for the charity.

27 February 2019, 11-2pm,

The Junction

Food and Fairtrade educational stall Mixed  170 To promote Fairtrade Fortnight and products available at our outlets. In total 170 Fairtrade cupcakes were given out to staff and students.

28 February 2019, 11-2pm,

Goulston Street reception

Food and Fairtrade educational stall Mixed 130  To promote Fairtrade Fortnight and products available at our outlets. In total 130 Fairtrade cupcakes were given out to staff and students.
8 March 2019, 1pm, The Rocket Chocolate tasting 17 staff and students  Learn more about Fairtrade chocolate and celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight. 
15 March 2019, 5pm, The Rocket Wine tasting 44 staff and students 

Learn more about Fairtrade and how to taste wine. Donations of£80 went to Islington Foodbank charity. This is Green Week 2019 event.

11 April 2019, 12pm, The Atrium The Great Easter Bake Off in Aldgate, The Atrium 17 staff and students  Open for staff and students The Great Easter Bake Off will take place in Aldgate campus and all donations go to Islington Foodbank. 

 

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

Fairtrade Steering Group 2019/20

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