What is Fairtrade?

Fairtrade is an alternative approach to conventional trade and is based on a partnership between producers and consumers. When farmers can sell on Fairtrade terms, it provides them with a better deal and improved terms of trade. This allows them the opportunity to improve their lives and plan for their future. Fairtrade offers consumers a powerful way to reduce poverty through their every day shopping.

When a product carries the FAIRTRADE Mark it means the producers and traders have met Fairtrade Standards. The Fairtrade standards are designed to address the imbalance of power in trading relationships, unstable markets and the injustices of conventional trade.

How can we help?

There are few steps we can all do to help farmes have a better life:

- When you go next time to buy food (coffee/tea/bananas/chocolate etc.), clothing (cotton), flowers, handicrafts etc., look for the FAIRTRADE Mark on the product. This way you know for sure that you support farmers around the world! 

- Learn about fair trade issues and encourage your family, friends and colleagues to also support fair trade.

- When gift-giving, at Hallowe’en, Valentine’s Day, Christmas or birthdays, go for fair trade products when it comes to chocolate, flowers, clothing or jewelry. Show your love for family and friends by showing your love for people and the planet!

What is the Students' Union doing?

We run awareness activities during the Fairtrade Fortnight, taking place between 27th February- 12th March. For more information visit our Events section or Facebook page.

Also, JustShop and the coffee shops around the campus provide different Fairtrade products like: chocolate, cupcakes, flapjacks,cookies, coffee etc. Now is time to go around and have a look after the FAIRTRADE Mark!

You can get more information, about what Fairtrade is and what people around the world are doing to support this initiative, on their website: https://www.fairtrade.net/