The University of Huddersfield and the Students’ Union have recently signed up to the new Fairtrade Universities Award, a 2-year scheme redeveloped in autumn 2018. Working towards Fairtrade accreditation is one of the ways in which the University demonstrates its commitment to international development, sustainability and making more socially responsible purchasing choices available to our students, staff and visitors. 

What is Fairtrade?

Fairtrade is a growing international movement, which aims to alleviate Third World poverty by ensuring that producers in developing countries get a fair deal for their products.

Fairtrade is about fairer prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world.  The Fairtrade mark guarantees a price that covers the cost of production, a social premium for producer groups to invest in business or community development and long term trading relationships which provide real security.

By purchasing products with the Fairtrade mark you can play a significant role in improving the trading conditions of the world’s most disadvantaged producers.

What is the Fairtrade Universities Award?

The Fairtrade University and College Award is a partnership scheme run by The Fairtrade Foundation and the NUS. The scheme aims to provide opportunities for universities to develop continually, year on year to become Fairtrade accredited and to progress up a tiered award system. The award introduces scope to recognise ethical sourcing and programmes that are not Fairtrade, encouraging student engagement through increased Fairtrade product range and the student auditor programme.

How do we support Fairtrade?

While The University works towards the Fairtrade Universities Award we continue to champion Fairtrade in the following ways:

  • A wide range of Fairtrade products are available from outlets across our campuses, including all restaurants, cafes and shops, plus selected vending machines.
  • We use Fairtrade ingredients to create dishes where possible.
  • We serve Fairtrade refreshments at our meetings and events – all tea, coffee and sugar provided by Hospitality Services is Fairtrade.  Further products, from Fairtrade juices and snacks to full Fairtrade buffets, are available on request.
  • The University and Students’ Union organise Fairtrade events throughout the year, such as Fairtrade Fortnight, as part of their ongoing campaign to raise awareness of Fairtrade and increase consumption of Fairtrade products on campus.
  • The University’s Fairtrade Steering Group meets regularly to discuss how we can promote Fairtrade and increase consumption of Fairtrade products on campus, actively working to maintain our Fairtrade status.
  • The University is working in partnership with Kirklees Council on the wider campaign, launched at the University in 2009, which has secured since 2011 Fairtrade town status for Huddersfield and Fairtrade Borough status for Kirklees.

 

How can you support Fairtrade?

  • Try Fairtrade – when you see Fairtrade marked products in University outlets.
  • Ask for Fairtrade products – where we can successfully sell these products we will.
  • Promote Fairtrade – introduce people to Fairtrade at the University.
  • Join in – take part in our Fairtrade events and promotions throughout the year, such as our Fairtrade Fortnight celebrations which take place every February.

To find out more about the Fairtrade Foundation visit www.fairtrade.org.uk

In working towards becoming an accredited Fairtrade University, we are actively working towards goals, 1, 2, 5, and 8 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. In working towards becoming an accredited Fairtrade University, we are actively working towards goals, 1, 2, 5, and 8 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
In working towards becoming an accredited Fairtrade University, we are actively working towards goals, 12, 13, 16 and 17 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. In working towards becoming an accredited Fairtrade University, we are actively working towards goals, 12, 13, 16 and 17 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.