Durham University strives to be a Fairtrade champion. The University has been accredited by the Fairtrade Foundation since 2007. Led by the Fairtrade Steering Group and driven by the Fairtrade Policy, the University works hard both to increase the range of Fairtrade products sold on campus, and also to raise awareness of the issues.
Richard Adams, fair trade pioneer and founder of Traidcraft, was a student at St John's College in the 1960s. This tradition of supporting Fairtrade is continued within the University today; St John's College still houses its Fairtrade coffee shop and additional outlets throughout the University also retail a wide range of Fairtrade products. Details of these outlets and the Fairtrade products they sell, can be found in the University's Fairtrade Directory.
Durham University is the Fairtrade Champion for Durham City Fairtrade Partnership, and is actively involved in supporting Fairtrade in Durham City and also in Stockton where it has a second campus.
Fairtrade events take place throughout the year with a programme planned for Fairtrade Fortnight.
To become a Fairtrade University or college 5 goals must be met.
1. The Student Union and the university authorities both create a Fairtrade policy incorporating these five goals.
2. Fairtrade foods are made available for sale in all campus shops. Fairtrade foods are used in all cafés/restaurants/bars on campus. Where this is not possible, there is a commitment to begin to use Fairtrade foods in these establishments as soon as it becomes possible to do so.
3. Fairtrade foods (for example, coffee and tea) are served at all meetings hosted by the university and the SU, and are served in all university and SU management offices.
4. There is a commitment to campaign for increased Fairtrade consumption on campus.
5. Set up a Fairtrade Steering Group.
- Fairtrade Table Talker Jan 2012 (last modified: 7 February 2012)