Fairtrade at the University

FairTradelogoStaff 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.

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 fashion show 2011Fairtrade 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.

Fairtrade Fortnight 2015 Events

Fairtrade Wine Tasting – 25 February 18:00

Join us for an evening of Fun and Fairtrade Wine in Café Aroma, Staff House at 18:00.  Everyone welcome

Green Drinks – 27 February 16:00

Meet in the Bratby Bar at 16:00 to discuss Green Pledges. At around 17:00 we’ll take our drinks to up Café Aroma where there’ll be discussion on ‘The Future of Green’ with Greendrinks WM.  All welcome

Ethical Market and Green Supplier Fair – 5 March 11:00 – 15:00

Come along to Oxfam’s Ethical Market where there’ll be an opportunity to purchase locally made jams, chutneys and pies, Indian and Ethiopian crafts and handmade jewellery and bags and to find out about Freegle and careers in Sustainability. The Green Supplier Fair will run alongside the market so you can find out what sustainability initiatives some of the University’s suppliers have to help us reduce the University’s Carbon Footprint.  Suppliers attending include Office Depot, Stone Computers, Cadbury, Carillion (New Library construction) and many more