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DMU - proud to be a Fairtrade university

Many people often feel powerless to act when faced with global issues such as poverty or world trade. One way of making a difference on these issues is through the products that we buy and enjoy.

Fairly traded products offer a fair deal to the producers from across the world that grow, make and produce the products we all enjoy.

Perhaps the best known fair trade label is the FAIRTRADE Mark which can be found on over 3,000 different Fairtrade certified products in the UK.

De Montfort University was awarded Fairtrade University status in 2010 and since this time DMU has continued to promote and campaign for Fairtrade across its campus and in the city of Leicester with Fairtrade Leicester.

Fairtrade Fortnight Monday 27 February - Sunday 12 March 2017

Six Word Fairtrade Story

As part of Fairtrade Fortnight, DMU is running a competition called 'Fairtrade: What's Your Story?' to raise awareness of Fairtrade and DMU being a Fairtrade University.

The competition is based on the short story that Ernest Hemingway is credited with writing using only six words which was 'For sale: baby shoes, never used'.

To enter the competition simply complete a story about Fairtrade using just 6 words and send it to or tweet us @sustainableDMU using the #DMUFairtradeStory. The competition is open to both staff and students at DMU. The competition is open from 20th February until 12th March. Competition entries will be based on originality and the extent to which the story relates to fair trade.

The winning entry will win some Fairtrade goodies. The winner will be announced on 13 March.


Tweet Your Break

The theme of this year's Fairtrade Fortnight is 'Putting Fairtrade in my Break'. And we want to hear and see how staff and students at DMU are supporting Fairtrade. Tweet us a picture of you putting Fairtrade in your break to @sustainableDMU using the hashtag #DMUTweetYourBreak. Tweet your pictures during 20 Feb and 12 March. We have five Fairtrade chocolate bars to give away to the 5 most entertaining tweets. The winning tweets will be announced on 13 March.


Fairtrade Producer Event

Meet the Women Who Grow Your Morning Coffee - Monday 6 March 5.30pm

Esther Koskei Chairlady of Kabng'etuny Women in Coffee Association in Kericho, Kenya will be in Leicester on 6 March.

Come and meet this inspiring woman farmer and listen as she shares with us the work of her co-op. Hear how Fairtrade Africa is helping them:-

  • Promote gender equality and empower women and girls.
  • Improve the quality and quantity of their coffee.
  • Change their behaviour to combat climate change and reduce its impact.

The venue for the talk is City Hall, 115 Charles Street Leicester LE1 1FZ, Monday 6 March 2017

  • 5.30pm - Registration and Refreshments
  • 6pm - talk with opportunity to ask questions
  • 7.30pm - close

The event is free to attend however places are limited. To reserve your place please register via Eventbrite .

For more info contact the sustainability team at This event is organised by Fairtrade Leicester of which DMU is a partner.

For those students who have booked a place at the event, we will be meeting outside of the DSU, Campus Centre at 5pm to walk to the venue for 5.30pm.


Fairtrade Elevenses

Come and join the Chaplaincy team in celebrating Fairtrade Fortnight with a Fairtrade Elevenses. There will be Fairtrade drinks and snacks and a chance to relax and chat in the Chaplaincy space. Event takes place in the Art Factory from 11am on Monday 6th March. 


Fairtrade Stall - DMU Food Village

Tuesday 7 March 11am until 3pm

Come to our Fairtrade stall in the Food Village area to find out about DMU being a Fairtrade University.

Try some Fairtrade samples and learn about the benefits of Fairtrade to producers all around the world. You can also check out some Fairtrade clothing samples and find out where many of our Fairtrade ingredients come from.


Fairtrade Cake Bake

As part of being a Fairtrade University we actively support Fairtrade Fortnight and one of the events we are running this year is a Fairtrade Cake Bake, which is open to staff and students at DMU.

All competitors are required to make a cake with at least two Fairtrade ingredients, this could include for example: chocolate, fruit, coffee or sugar. Entries not including at least two Fairtrade ingredients will excluded from the judging. There are currently over 3000 Fairtrade products available and more information about these products can be found on the Fairtrade Foundation website at:

Entry forms are available for the cake bake here and all entry forms need to be submitted to by the 6st March 2017.

There is an award for the besting tasting cake and a separate prize for the cake which communicates the best Fairtrade message. Baked entries to the competition should be brought to the Campus Centre atrium area for 11am on Friday 10 March for judging. Entries will be shared amongst attendees at the judging and prize giving event on 10th March at 1pm in the Campus Centre Atrium when the winners of the cake bake will be announced.

Fairtrade Fortnight competitions are open to staff and students at De Montfort University. Closing dates for entries to competitions are as stated on this webpage. No cash alternatives will be provided. The organisers reserve the right to reject any entries for any reason at its sole discretion. Details of the winning person(s) may be promoted through the sustainableDMU Facebook and Twitter pages.

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