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Universities getting their Fairtrade on

Aimee Pearce

It's great to see education institutions seeing the value in fairtrade and proudly wearing the title as a badge of honour.

According to a recent online article in Upstart more than two thirds of the Australia’s tertiary education providers have official fair trade movements, and nine are Fairtrade accredited.

The author Erin Leeder, explains what it means to be fairtrade accredited:

These nine official Fair Trade Universities must promote fair trade, make certified products affordable and available on campus, and make certified tea and coffee the default option in all university meetings and some staff rooms.

Accreditation is completely voluntary and relies on the support of both students and university staff to be possible. The decision to apply for accreditation needs to be passed by both the university council and the student union. In addition, the university must set up an ongoing Fair Trade Steering Committee.

With institutions like universities, taking the lead in this area, we can certainly hope that we will see an increased demand for fairtrade products, ensuring sustainable long term employment for producer groups around the world.

If you've got more questions about fairtrade, you can find all the answers at Got A Question?