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Bournemouth University has been a Fairtrade University for 10 years and has recently had its Fairtrade status renewed until July 2019. Fairtrade products are sold in all outlets across BU.

BU holds events annually for Fairtrade Fortnight. In 2017, the theme was “It’s time to put Fairtrade in your break”. A number of events took place over the fortnight including a Take a Break Morning in the Fusion building which tied into BU Mental health awareness day. The Students’ Union held a performance of the Fairtrade Story by the Surya Arts Theatre Company in Dylan’s Bar.

How to get involved

Check out the range of Fairtrade products in the catering outlets and SUBU shop on campus.

How does this help BU?

Supporting Fairtrade is a priority at BU. The Fairtrade Steering Group is responsible for overseeing the implementation of the Fairtrade Policy (pdf 230kb) and for organising events throughout the academic year to inspire staff and students to support Fairtrade.

BU's commitment to Fairtrade forms part of our wider commitment to Sustainable Food (pdf 275kb) and Sustainable Procurement (pdf 415kb) policies.

The university seeks to purchase Fairtrade uniforms for its frontline staff such as those working in cleaning, security and catering. Fairtrade clothing is also available in the Student Union shop.

In addition, members of staff from BU were involved in supporting Poole and Bournemouth in achieving their Fairtrade Town status.

Find out more about our Fairtrade status

We're very proud of our Fairtrade status, as it demonstrates the detailed commitment we've made to promoting Fairtrade products. There are now over 170 Fairtrade Universities and Colleges in the UK, with many more working towards Fairtrade status.

In their own words, Fairtrade is "a trading partnership, based on dialogue, transparency and respect, that seeks greater equity in international trade". It contributes to sustainable development by offering better trading conditions to, and securing the rights of, farmers and producers so that they receive better prices for their goods and are able to secure better working conditions.

Fairtrade organisations actively support producers by raising awareness and campaigning for changes in the rules and practice of conventional international trade.

To be awarded Fairtrade status, we had to achieve five goals:

  • Approve an official Fair Trade Policy
  • Set up an institutional steering group
  • Commit to selling Fairtrade products in all university outlets (like student shops, cafeterias and bars)
  • Commit to using Fairtrade products at internal meetings and events (which we do anyway, because they are delicious)
  • Commit to campaigning for increased consumption and awareness of Fairtrade.

Our partner, Chartwells, has a commitment to source sustainable products for our outlets. You can see a copy of their commitments in their Top ten sustainability facts (pdf 147kb).

We achieved Fairtrade status in 2006 and every two years we report back to the Fairtrade Foundation on the progress we have made in order to be re-accredited.