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.

Fairtrade Fortnight 2018

Fairtrade Fortnight is an annual campaign, run by the Fairtrade Foundation, designed to celebrate and raise awareness of Fairtrade and the benefits it provides to producers in the developing world. This year Fairtrade Fortnight runs between 27 February - 11 March.

Each year De Montfort University celebrates Fairtrade Fortnight... and 2018 is no different! Here's some of the events and competitions you can get involved in!

Fairtrade photo competition!

Tweet us a Fairtrade-themed photo during Fairtrade Fortnight (27 Feb - 11 Mar) to be in with a chance of winning some Fairtrade goodies! Remember to tag @sustainableDMU in the tweet and to use the hashtag #ComeOnInToFairtrade

The winning tweet(s) will be announced on Monday 12 March.


Monday 26 February, 1 – 2:30pm, Clephan Building 2.29

Using the examples of chocolate and clothing, this free workshop tells the hidden story of how the everyday products we consume are made and explores the coming “circular economy” revolution. The event is led by members of DMU’s Education for Sustainable Development Forum. This workshop is part of DMU’s Cultural Exchanges Festival.

Fairtrade Stalls

Tuesday 27 February, 11am – 3pm, Food Village

Tuesday 6 March, 11am – 3pm, Kimberlin Library

Come along to our Fairtrade stalls during Fairtrade Fortnight to find out more about Fairtrade and DMU as a Fairtrade University. Try some Fairtrade samples, test your knowledge on our ‘Know Your Logo” quiz and find out more about where the Fairtrade products we use at DMU come from.

DIY-DMU Podcast

For one week only, the DIY-DMU Podcast will have a Fairtrade theme! Tune in to hear all about Fairtrade and why DMU is proud to be a Fairtrade University! Podcasts can be listened to here.

Fairtrade promotions

Keep an eye out for Fairtrade promotions across campus food outlets!


DMU students and staff, if you are organising any events for Fairtrade Fortnight and would like them advertised on this page please let us know!

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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