UWE gains Fairtrade status

Issue date: 07 April 2006

Fairtrade The University of the West of England is a Fairtrade University. The Fairtrade Foundation has confirmed that UWE has met all of the guidelines set to achieve Fairtrade Status.

Susan Burton has co-ordinated UWE's bid for Fairtrade status, she said, “It's wonderful news and a great joint achievement for UWE's House Services and the Students' Union, but we cannot allow ourselves to become complacent – it is one of the requirements that we commit to campaigning for increased Fairtrade consumption. We need to ensure we keep promoting Fairtrade, to ensure we educate as wide an audience as possible about its benefits to the producers, their workers, their communities and their environment.”

In order to gain Fairtrade status, the University had to work towards goals including creating a Fairtrade policy, ensuring that Fairtrade products are available in all shops, bars, cafes and restaurants, and offering Fairtrade options at meetings and hospitality.

Mark Webster, UWE's Environmental Manager, said, “This is great news for UWE. We have worked very hard to ensure that Fairtrade products are well promoted. We now aim to take things further and are currently in talks with the Soil Association, based in Bristol, to increase the range of organic and locally sourced produce used and sold in all catering outlets.”

The Fairtrade Foundation said, “Congratulations on becoming a Fairtrade University. We are delighted that staff and students of the University of the West of England are working together to promote the FAIRTRADE Mark. We hope that this work will continue and be extended to enthuse other universities in the future. The awareness that this is raising among the students and staff at the university will help make a better future for producers in the developing world.”


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