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Fairtrade at the University of St Andrews

‌What is Fairtrade?

Fair trade is a growing, international movement working to ensure that producers in poor countri‌es get a fair deal. This means a fair price for their goods (one that covers the cost of production and guarantees a sustainable living); long-term contracts which provide real security; and, for many, support to gain the knowledge and skills that they need to develop their businesses and increase sales.‌
We can all make socially responsible choices. Just think of all the tea, coffee and chocolate you consume in a week. By purchasing products with the Fairtrade Mark (image above) you can play a significant role in improving the trading conditions of the most disadvantaged producers.

How do I know if I'm buying fair trade products?

The Fairtrade Mark provides an independent guarantee to consumers that farmers in developing countries get a fair deal for their products. Products currently covered by the Mark are coffee, tea, chocolate, cocoa, honey, bananas, sugar, orange juice, and mangoes. The Fairtrade Mark is also present where any of these products are the key ingredient in another product, for example, snack bars.
Other products may also have been ethically traded, but cannot display the Fairtrade Mark as they have not yet received certification from the Fairtrade Foundation. In this instance, if the business is registered with, and listed on, the ethical networks World Fair Trade Organisation (WFTO), or The British Association for Fair Trade Shops (BAFTS), the products will be labelled as "fairly traded” instead.

Fairtrade University

The University has held its Fairtrade University Status since 2006, demonstrating its commitment to the goals set out by the Fairtrade Foundation:‌

  • Both the University and the Students’ Association have adopted Fairtrade Policies‌ ( University's Fairtrade Policy 2018 (PDF, 498 KB), Students' Association's Fairtrade Policy 2018 (PDF, 65 KB)‌).
  • Fairtrade products including coffee, chocolate, and clothing are sold in University retail outlets
  • Fairtrade products are served at University meetings and conferences
  • Regular events and campaigns are run to raise awareness about Fairtrade, including Fairtrade Fortnight
  • The University has an active staff-student Fairtrade steering group

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Fairtrade Town‌

St Andrews ach‌ieved Fairtrade Town Status on St Andrews Day in 2005. The St Andrews Fairtrade Town Campaign also hosts a variety of events throughout the year, and maintains the St Andrews Fairtrade Directory to help you find out which cafés, restaurants and retailers stock Fairtrade goods.‌

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Get Involved

Five simple ways to get involved in Fairtrade at the University:

Fairtrade Fortnight 2017

Join us as we celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight 2017 with a host of events for all ages and interests:

Date Event Time Location
Weekdays Fairtrade Craft Stall 9.15-12.30 Swallowgate Rm S5
28th March Fairtrade Smoothie Bike at Albany Park 17.00-18.30

Albany Park 

2nd March Estates Fairtrade Coffee Morning 10.15

Estates, Woodburn Place

3rd March Chaplaincy Fairtrade Coffee Morning 11.00-12.30


3rd March  Fairtrade Smoothie Bike with Just Love 10.00-11.30

Students Association 

3rd March Fairtrade Fortnight Guest Speaker: Lousi Albadawi  17.15-18.15

Students Association 


4th March

Fairtrade Town Group Stall 

10.00-15.00 Church Square 
7th Mar Fairtrade Geography Society Bake Sale  11:00-14:00

Irvine Building 

7th March

Bananas in pyjamas party for ABH residents  19.00-22.22 ABH
8th March

Fairtrade Oxfam Society Bake Sale 

8th March

Fairtrade Smoothie Bike at McIntosh

9th March

Classics Fairtrade Coffee Break 

13.00-14.00 Swallowgate
9th March

True Cost of Fashion Screening with Environment Subcommittee

18.30 Byre Theatre 

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