University Awarded Fairtrade status

Cardiff Metropolitan University has been awarded Fairtrade status by the Fairtrade Foundation thanks to the joint effort of the Students’ Union, University and students.

Fairtrade is a charity committed to providing disadvantaged producers in the developing world with a better deal for their products.

Amy Campbell, Chair of the Fairtrade Steering Group at the Students’ Union said, "By achieving Fairtrade status as a University, I’m proud that our efforts and commitment to this worthy cause have been recognised by the Fairtrade Foundation." The announcement of the status comes during Fairtrade Fortnight 2016.

The University had to fill in an application form to demonstrate that we have reached the following 5 goals in order to be awarded the status:

  • Form a Fairtrade steering group featuring staff and students
  • Stock Fairtrade products for purchase in on-campus shops and catering outlets
  • Serve Fairtrade products at meetings
  • Campaigns are run on campus to increase understanding of Fairtrade and consumption of Fairtrade products
  • Creation of a Fairtrade policy

Rachel Roberts, Environmental Performance Manager at Cardiff Met said, “We are delighted to achieve Fairtrade status during Fairtrade Fortnight. Continuing to supply Fairtrade products demonstrates Cardiff Metropolitan University’s commitment to sustainability, and achieving the Fairtrade status will create further opportunity to generate awareness of the University’s ethos with potential students. The University assigns great importance to its role within the international community, as Fairtrade is a global issue.”

For more information, please visit www.fairtrade.org.uk or to join the University’s Fairtrade steering group, contact Amy Campbell acampbell@cardiffmet.ac.uk