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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.

Details of the University's retail outlets and the Fairtrade products that they sell, can be found in the University's Fairtrade Directory.

The University also hosts a schedule of Fairtrade events take place throughout the year, including a range of activities in support of Fairtrade Fortnight.