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As a higher education institution, it is important we understand the specific differences in criteria for a fair trade university and town as well as the different types of fair trade. Here are the criteria for Fair Trade Universities and Fair Trade Towns, with a possible set of criteria for an academic organization.

 

Types of Fair Trade

Commodities

For example, chocolate and coffee. These are commodities produced around the world and can be managed in terms of the products the farmers create. This is by far the largest component of fair trade today. In the U.S. most fair trade commodities are certified by Fair Trade USA, though another certification agency, Fair for Life, has started to work in the U.S.

 

Organizations

For example, SERRV and Ten Thousand Villages. This is the earliest form of fair trade. These organizations seek out artisans around the world and deal with them according to fair trade principles of social justice and financial security. The organizations are certified by the Fair Trade Federation.

 

Criteria for a Fair Trade University

Form A Fair Trade Committee

The Fair Trade Committee includes students, faculty and representatives from a variety of campus organizations, including the food service provider.

The Committee has the responsibility to:

  • Hold regular meetings as appropriate to the school’s schedule
  • Oversee a Fair Trade University campaign action plan
  • Develop a Fair Trade University Advisory Board when appropriate
  • Monitor the progress of the Fair Trade University campaign and policy implementation; and
  • Submit an annual progress report to the national Fair Trade University governing body.


Make Fair Trade products available in University-owned/operated outlets as well as included in service contracts wherever possible.

  • Each outlet must offer a minimum of two fair trade products (includes Fair Trade Certified products and products sold by member organizations of the Fair Trade Federation).
  • In cases where this is not possible, it is expected that the introduction of fair trade products will be reconsidered in a timely manner.
  • Product availability should be publicized and promoted appropriately.


Use Fair Trade products at internal University meetings, at events hosted by the University, and in University offices.

  • In cases where this is not feasible, it is expected that the introduction of fair trade products will be reconsidered in a timely manner.

 

Develop a Fair Trade resolution and a Fair Trade procurement policy.

  • The procurement policy can apply to food and beverages, sports balls and apparel (sweat-free or Fair Trade Certified when available), as appropriate to each institution.
  • The resolution and policy must be approved by appropriate student, faculty and administration governing bodies (sample resolutions and policy statements will be available in the FT Universities Resource Guide).


Commit to Fair Trade education, awareness-raising and growth of the Fair Trade campaign.

  • In order to maintain momentum, it is recommended that the University community complete at least two activities per semester/trimester or one activity per quarter related to fair trade education, awareness-raising and growth of the Fair Trade University campaign. This includes inclusion of the subject of fair trade in class curricula, seminars, etc.
  • Campus publications and other media provide coverage of the campaign.

 

Learn more at Fair Trade Towns USA

 

Criteria for a Fair Trade Town

A local Fair Trade steering committee is formed that meets on a regular basis. 

  • The aim of the committee is to increase awareness of and demand for Fair Trade products, through education, outreach and events.

A range of Fair Trade products is available for sale in local stores, cafes and other venues.

  • These include Fair Trade Certified products and products sold by retailers that are members of the Fair Trade Federation.

Fair Trade products are used by a number of local organizations, such as places of worship, schools, hospitals and offices.


The local campaign attracts media attention and visible public support, including press and radio. 


The town or city council/governing body passes a resolution supporting Fair Trade and the local campaign and commits to serving Fair Trade products at its meetings. 

 

Learn more at Fair Trade Towns USA.

 

Possible criteria for a Fair Trade academic organization

Develop a Fair Trade resolution and procurement policy.


For a Fair Trade committee or empower a relevant committee (e.g., a sustainability committee) to have oversight. 

The committee has responsibility to:

  • Develop policies and practices that expand and strengthen the use and promotion of fair trade at offices and events
  • Monitor the progress of the campaign and policy implementation
  • Submit an annual progress report to the national Fair Trade University governing body.


Use Fair Trade products, in particular coffee and tea, in organization offices and at meetings, events and conferences.

  • Work toward the goal of serving 100 percent fair trade coffee and tea whenever and as soon as possible.


Encourage panels and sessions that include the topic of Fair Trade or related themes. 


Initiate a Fair Trade education and awareness-raising campaign.

  • Have educational and promotional material about fair trade, fair trade universities and organizations at all events
  • Place educational and promotional material about fair trade on the organization's website
  • At all relevant events, have displays about fair trade that are visually effective and informational
  • Educate universities about fair trade and encourage them to consider becoming Fair Trade Universities


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