We're a Fairtrade university

The University of Derby supports Fairtrade and using Fairtrade products. This is a commitment we first made when we gained Fairtrade accreditation in 2005. 

Being a Fairtrade university means we ensure as many Fairtrade products as possible are available around our sites. And we help to raise awareness of the issues Fairtrade producers face and how the organisation supports them to improve their lives and their communities.

How you can get involved

Our Fairtrade scheme is a partnership between the University, the Union of Students, both our in house catering teams and contracted caterers Aramark and the Chaplaincy.

We have held Fairtrade bake-offs and promoted Fairtrade make-up and spa events, and free water is given out to students by the Chaplaincy at exam times. We have given away free bananas, coffee and chocolate during Fairtrade Fortnight and Fairtrade Breakfasts have been available in Blends and the Halls of Residence.

Would you like to run an event in Fairtrade Fortnight, to highlight the need to support Fairtrade to enable farmers to get a fair price for their produce? You could hold an event to highlight how farmers can be disadvantaged in the global market. Let's work on Fairtrade all year, contact us with your ideas.

Contact Rosemary Horry for more information on how to get involved.

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What is Fairtrade?

Fairtrade is now 25 years old. It makes a real difference in communities and people's lives.

Fairtrade promotes better prices, decent work conditions and community sustainability. It gives farmers and workers fair terms on their products. This ensures the prices paid to producers do not fall below the market price consequently preventing injustice and improving the lives and position of those working with Fairtrade.

Fairtrade also invests in business and community projects of the community’s choice. It also checks that standards are met by the farmers, workers and companies in the supply chain – this is when products can use the Fairtrade mark.

Fairtrade isn't just chocolate, there are other products – coffee, tea, bananas, sugar, wine, clothing and even Fairtrade gold.

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Five reasons why you should buy Fairtrade chocolate

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Our Fairtrade statement

The University of Derby and the Union of Students believe that students and staff can make a positive contribution to the global society, and we take seriously our ethical approaches at all levels.

We aim to nurture a growing Fairtrade movement within the University, enabling all of our community to develop skills, knowledge, experience and attributes to harness the power of business in the fight against poverty.

Working in partnership with our in-house and external caterers, we jointly commit to support, use and promote Fairtrade products, where possible extending both our sales and procurement as far as is feasible.

We will achieve this by following the strategic recommendations of the new Fairtrade Foundation / NUS Fairtrade University Award scheme and thus renew our Fairtrade University Award.

We will deliver our commitment as follows:

Steering group

A Fairtrade Steering Group of staff and students will implement this Statement, meeting every 8 weeks and reporting quarterly to the University’s Senior Management. The Union’s Part-Time Officer (Ethics and Environment) will be a key student member of the group.

Campaigning and influencing

We will offer a range of campaigning, education and promotion activities during Fairtrade Fortnight and throughout the year, delivered in partnership with students wherever possible.

Procurement and retail

We will partner with the university, the student union and external commercial managers to maximise both the range and sales of Fairtrade goods, which will be carried by all our retail and catering outlets. We will increase the visibility of our Fairtrade offer and raise awareness of its global impact at the point of sale. 

Research and curriculum

Our work will be informed by a baseline Fairtrade student survey. We will identify and publicise opportunities for students to investigate Fairtrade, trade justice or ethical consumption issues, on or off-campus within their course-work or dissertations.

This statement has been signed by: 

Consider building Fairtrade into your degree!

The Fairtrade movement has come a long way in its 25 years and is a defining factor in helping consumers to purchase products ethicallyMany degree courses offer opportunities for student research on Fairtrade as part of your course work or dissertation. This could take our understanding of how Fairtrade works a little further, and perhaps make a genuine difference. Below are just a few examples. There are many more. Contact the Fairtrade Committee by emailing Rosemary Horry for further information. 

Promoting Fairtrade products 

In culinary arts, hospitality or tourism management, how can Fairtrade food and drink products become part of the standard offer rather than the exception in the visitor experience? Or in fashion or textile design, how can Fairtrade cotton become the norm? 

Telling the Fairtrade story 

If you’re a creative type, could you tell a Fairtrade story through creative and professional writing, photography, illustration, journalism, film and media studies or theatre and dance? What are the most effective marketing strategies for Fairtrade products? What can Psychology contribute to how people hear and react to the Fairtrade story? 

Educating the next generation 

How about an evaluation of the resources available for educating the next generation about Fairtrade, for Teacher Training or Child and Youth Studies students? 

The business case for Fairtrade 

For economics students, how has Fairtrade contributed to the economies of the countries of the global south? What are the strengths and weaknesses of Fairtrade in business terms? How can logistics and supply chain management support the spread of Fairtrade? In human resource management, what are the barriers to Fairtrade being taken up as an issue of corporate social responsibility? 

How effective is Fairtrade in combating global poverty? 

Environmental Sciences students are being offered the opportunity to critically analyse historical inequalities between and within countries, and indicate initiatives and movements in international trade to further equality. 

We are keen to enable our students the opportunity to research in areas that are currently of global significance and therefore we are offering these research opportunities which we are sure will be of interest to our second and third-year Environmental Science students. If you are interested, please contact either Deb Raha or Rosemary Horry. 

Read more information about our Fairtrade Research Opportunity

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