From basketballs to biscuits the University of Gloucestershire is celebrating the renewal of its Fairtrade status across all campuses.
Staff have been developing and improving the number of Fairtrade items on offer and providing everyone in the University community with a wider choice of products across all campuses.
Items include chocolate bars, tea and coffee, as well as rugby balls, footballs and basketballs purchased by the Students’ Union sports teams. The University first gained Fairtrade status in 2006, renewed this month (Oct) by the Fairtrade Universities Initiative.
From coffee machines to catering the University is working in partnership with the Students’ Union and Chartwells, its catering provider, to promote and raise awareness of Fairtrade products.
University of Gloucestershire Facilities Manager Andrew Simpson said: “We are delighted that our status has been renewed but will not be complacent in our commitment to Fairtrade, which reflects the University’s sustainability strategy. The product range has been expanded and Fairtrade is now very much the default as opposed to the option. The catering providers have standardised their product ranges across all of the campuses with the option of non-Fairtrade being removed in many instances.”
Only Fairtrade coffee and sugar is supplied to internal and external meetings and conferences, and relevant products are emphasised on the hospitality menus and counter displays.
Mr Simpson added: “The Students’ union has maintained their commitment not just through expansion of a range of clothing and goods behind the bar but also through student activities. Particularly of note was the One World event, with special Fairtrade forums and debates. We will be working together to mark Fairtrade Fortnight, taking place in February.”
To find out more visit http://www.glos.ac.uk/vision/sustainability/procurement/Pages/fair.aspx
Source: The University of Gloucestershire