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Sussex awarded Fairtrade status

 

 

The University of Sussex has been awarded Fairtrade status after a collaborative effort between the University, Students’ Union, Sussex Estates and Facilities and SussexFood.
 

Small-scale producers often cannot compete with large, subsidized companies who can afford to sell commodities at much lower prices. Fairtrade ensures workers and farmers in developing countries are paid sustainable prices which are never lower than the market price, sets environmental standards, and requires companies to pay an additional Fairtrade Premium. The workers’ communities are empowered to invest this in the business or community project of their choice.

The accreditation asks specifically for partnerships between universities and students' unions, and is awarded on 5 goals;

  • A Fairtrade policy is created agreeing to adhere to these 5 goals (see the University's policy here)
  • Fairtrade options are made available in all campus venues & outlets
  • Fairtrade products (e.g. tea and coffee) are served at all meetings hosted by the University or the Students' Union, including in internal management meetings
  • Campaigning to increase the knowledge of Fairtrade and promotion of its products
  • Setting up a Fairtrade Steering Group to ensure goals are maintained and to reflect on progress made towards these goals

The policy statement and University's achievements will be reviewed annually and reported on to the Fairtrade Foundation. There is also a commitment to make Fairtrade Foundation materials available, particularly in catering and retail outlets, and to run events during Fairtrade Fortnight. 

Look out for campaigning & events run during Fairtrade Fortnight, 25th Feb - 10th March 2019.

 

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