A Fair Trade University
During spring 2008, the four governance groups of UW Oshkosh — Faculty Senate, Senate of Academic Staff, Classified Staff Advisory Council and Oshkosh Student Association — endorsed a resolution that UW Oshkosh declare itself a Fair Trade University. On opening day of the fall semester, Chancellor Richard H. Wells officially declared the University to be a Fair Trade University, the first campus in the country to do so.
By declaring itself a Fair Trade University, UW Oshkosh affirms its support for the fair trade movement and committing to using and selling fair trade items whenever possible and appropriate. The Campus Sustainability Council will oversee the implementation of the resolution, and there will be an annual report on progress and challenges in expanding fair trade on campus.
UW Oshkosh Fair Trade resolution
- What we choose to purchase, eat and drink impacts producers and the environment.
- Growers of coffee, tea and chocolate in Latin America, Africa and Asia are often paid less than a living wage, and too often child labor is involved.
- Conventional means of growing coffee are often damaging to the environment, harming local ecosystems and migrating birds.
- Fair trade certification ensures a living wage, humane working conditions, no child labor and environmental sustainability.
- Faith communities and campus groups around the country and the world already have committed to supporting fair trade.
- UW Oshkosh has endorsed the Earth Charter and supporting fair trade is a way to put into practice the Earth Charter principles of social justice and environmental sustainability.
- Declaring itself a Fair Trade University is one way for UW Oshkosh to implement the Campus Sustainability Plan.
- By declaring itself a Fair Trade University, UW Oshkosh would more effectively educate the campus community about fair trade.
- By declaring itself a Fair Trade University, UW Oshkosh would inspire other institutions and organizations to support fair trade.
- By declaring itself a Fair Trade University, UW Oshkosh would enhance its image as a leader in sustainability.
- The Campus Sustainability Plan has made the approval of this declaration one of its top priorities.
BE IT RESOLVED:
That the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh should declare itself to be a Fair Trade University, which would consist of the following:
- Dining facilities: The University will work with its food service contractor to make Fair Trade Certified coffee, tea and chocolate available in its dining facilities, consistent with the terms of the food service contract and where the resulting costs do not significantly jeopardize board rate costs.
- Catered events: The University will work with its food service contractor to make Fair Trade Certified coffee, tea and chocolate available at catered meetings hosted by the University, at the option of the administration, staff, faculty or students arranging the meeting and consistent with the terms of the food service contract.
- Offices: The University will work with its food service contractor to make Fair Trade Certified coffee, tea and chocolate available for University offices at the option of those offices whenever possible and consistent with the terms of the food service contract.
- Stores: The University will include Fair Trade Certified food products and handicrafts (such as coffee beans, jewelry and other gift items) at University stores whenever possible and subject to the terms of the university’s contracts with other vendors.
- Acknowledgment: The University will identify and acknowledge Fair Trade Certified products at University functions and stores where appropriate (e.g. with signs noting that the coffee is Fair Trade Certified).
- Implementation: The University, in consultation with the Campus Sustainability Council, will oversee the implementation of the above commitments.