Staff and students at universities have a reputation for consuming vast quantities of tea and coffee – and of course, chocolate! In 2003, we made the decision to promote social responsibility and demonstrate a commitment to the principles of Fairtrade by selling a selection of Fairtrade products within our university shops.
Fairtrade Fortnight 2016 events
Give a Fairtrade Rose this Valentines
8-12 February, Guild of Students
Oxfam Society Veg Stall
29 February, 10:00-16:00, Guild of Students
Green Supplier Fair and Ethical Market
2 March, 11:00-15:00, the Great Hall
3 March, 18:00, Bratby Bar
Fairtrade Tea Party
4 March, Guild of Students
Love Food, Hate Waste – Free Workshop Session
8 March, 14:30-17:00, The Guild of Students, Harvey Milk Room
Fairtrade Debate & Producer Representative Presentation
9 March, 17:00, Business School
Fairtrade Wine Tasting
10 March, 18:00, Café Aroma (1st floor Staff House)
Professor David Eastwood, Vice-Chancellor "The University of Birmingham has proudly maintained its Fairtrade status consistently since 2003. Buying our food as ethically and sustainably as possible is very important to us as we feed around 20,000 students, staff and visitors to the University every week."
What is Fairtrade?
Fairtrade protects the livelihoods of small-scale producers from the developing world. It offers protection for their income against the financial pressures of international trade by guaranteeing them a fair price for their products. Premiums are also paid to the community - which means schools, hospitals and clean water.
How do we support Fairtrade?
Fairtrade foods are available for sale in all campus shops and they are used in all cafés, restaurants and bars on campus. Fairtrade products are served at all meetings hosted by the University and the Guild – and in all University and Guild management offices. We are committed to campaigning for increased Fairtrade consumption on campus. Our Fairtrade Steering Group meets regularly to discuss how we can increase sales.