The University of Worcester has held Fairtrade status since 2008. We are delighted to have signed up with the Fairtrade Foundation and NUS to their new program to give our campus activities renewed vigour.
Fair trade policy
Our Fair trade policy can be found here. The Fairtrade Foundation recognises both the University’s ongoing commitment to supporting sustainable development in the developing world and the significant progress made by the University since Fairtrade Status was first granted.
The University and Students’ Union sells a wide variety of Fairtrade products across its cafes, canteen and shop. We use Fairtrade footballs in Student Societies and Fairtrade suppliers are regularly invited onto campus to sell their products. Fairtrade products including all drinks are used by catering for hospitality and conferences are also Fairtrade.
By buying a product with the Fairtrade mark, it guarantees a price that covers the cost of production, a social premium for producer groups to invest in the business or community development, long-term trading relationships and advanced payments.
Procurement Working Group
Procurement Working group students and colleagues are regularly invited to speak to students on various modules and run the popular orange trading game. Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world.
By requiring companies to pay sustainable prices (which must never fall lower than the market price), Fairtrade addresses the injustices of conventional trade, which traditionally discriminates against the poorest, weakest producers. It enables them to improve their position and have more control over their lives.