A product being Fairtrade means that social, economic and environmental standards have been set for both the companies and the farmers and workers who grew the products. It means that those workers will have been paid better prices and had decent working conditions. The Fairtrade mark means that local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world will have been supported.
These are all values that we as a University believe should be supported and that we should help campaign for this type of support for farmers and workers to be universal. Cardiff Metropolitan University and Cardiff Metropolitan Students’ Union have been supporting and selling Fairtrade products since 2003 and gained Fairtrade accreditation in 2007 from the UK’s Fairtrade Foundation. We are currently in the process of becoming re-accredited under the new updated criteria.
Cardiff Met supports Fairtrade throughout each year, including by:
- Having a Fairtrade Steering Group that meets termly
- Selling Fairtrade Products in all University and Student’s Union retail and catering outlets
- Celebrating and promoting Fairtrade Fortnight each year
- Serving Fairtrade Tea and Coffee in hospitality
The Fairtrade Steering Group has created a SMART Action Plan that shows their aims and objectives for the coming year. This document is constantly being updated and the current version is shown here, Fairtrade SMART Action Plan