DMU - proud to be a Fairtrade university
Many people often feel powerless to act when faced with global issues such as poverty, social inequality or world trade. One way of making a difference on these issues is through the products that we buy and enjoy. Every item bought is a vote for the kind of world we want to live in. Purchasing ethical and sustainable products, such as Fair Trade, is a vote for sustainable production practises and a fairer system for the world's poorest producers.
What is Fair Trade?
Fair Trade is about offering 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 4,500 different Fairtrade certified products in the UK - including: coffee, cotton, flowers and a variety of skincare products.
The Fairtrade Mark certifies that a product has met international Fairtrade standards. These standards ensure better prices, decent working conditions, sustainable practises and fair terms of trade for farmers. It also signifies that a Fairtrade premium - an additional sum of money on top of the Fairtrade minimum price - has been paid. This premium is used to invest in social, environmental and economic projects, as decided democratically by the business or the community.
Put simply, the Fairtrade Mark certifies that the farmers and workers involved in the production of an item are treated and paid fairly.
For further information about Fairtrade please visit the Fairtrade Foundation website.
Fairtrade at De Montfort University
De Montfort University has been a Fairtrade University since 2010!
De Montfort University was first awarded Fairtrade University status in 2010, by the Fairtrade Foundation, in recognition of the commitment the University has made to promote, procure and sell Fairtrade products on campus. Since this time, DMU has continued to promote and campaign for Fairtrade across its' campus and in the City of Leicester - as an active member of the Leicester Fairtrade Steering Group.
In 2018 the Fairtrade Foundation renewed De Montfort University's Fairtrade status for a further two years in recognition of the University's continued commitment to Fairtrade.
You can read De Montfort University's Fairtrade Policy, which sets out the University's commitment to Fairtrade, here.