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Fairtrade

The University of Worcester was delighted to have been re-accredited with Fairtrade Status until the summer of 2018.  See our Fairtrade Policy, which is regularly reviewed by the Fairtrade Steering Group. The Fairtrade Foundation, recognises both the University’s ongoing commitment to supporting sustainable development in the developing world and the significant progress made by the University since Fairtrade Status was first granted.

The University and Students’ Union sells a wide variety of Fairtrade products across its cafes, canteen and shop, including clothing. Fairtrade suppliers are regularly invited onto campus to sell their products. Fairtrade products including all drinks are used by catering for hospitality and conferences are also Fairtrade. Fairtrade products are used by the Chaplaincy, including polo shirts. Spring 2016 tendered for Sports clothing contract  (which covers sports staff Uniforms) included Fairtrade cotton in the invitation to submit bids. Promotions and activities organised across the University during the year have featured fair-trade chocolate, condoms, Trade Nepal and produce from Zaytoun and Traidcraft.  

The chair of the Fairtrade Steering Group and procurement staff are regularly invited to speak to students on various modules, please get in touch if you would like to hear from these professionals. Likewise do you have ideas for new products, get involved; contact f.haworth@worc.ac.uk

Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world. By requiring companies to pay sustainable prices (which must never fall lower than the market price), Fairtrade addresses the injustices of conventional trade, which traditionally discriminates against the poorest, weakest producers. It enables them to improve their position and have more control over their lives.

By buying a product with the Fairtrade mark, it guarantees a price that covers the cost of production, a social premium for producer groups to invest in business or community development, long-term trading relationships and advanced payments.