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.
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.
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.
While The University works towards the Fairtrade Universities Award we continue to champion Fairtrade in the following ways:
To find out more about the Fairtrade Foundation visit www.fairtrade.org.uk