March 14, 2012 4.40 pm This story is over 140 months old

Fairtrade status for the University of Lincoln

Fairtrade: The University of Lincoln has won Fairtrade University status for its efforts to push ethically-sourced produce across its campuses.

The University of Lincoln has won Fairtrade University status, shortly after staff and students marked Fairtrade Fortnight with a series of awareness-raising activities.

The title is for the work done over recent years to ensure ethically-sourced products are stocked in cafes and shops around campus, and to encourage staff and students to consider the origins of goods they buy.

Dan Clayton, Environment Sustainability Manager at the University of Lincoln, said: “The University has worked hard to promote Fairtrade over a number of years. It’s great that the Fairtrade Foundation has recognised this activity and awarded Fairtrade University status.”

In order to become a Fairtrade University, institutions must achieve five goals, including development of a policy to support Fairtrade and establishment of a steering group to promote this work.

They must make sure that Fairtrade products are stocked in as many on-campus cafes, restaurants and shops as possible, as well as organise events to raise awareness of how the campaign brings benefits to producers in developing countries.

Officials at the City Council also looking to obtain Fairtrade City status for Lincoln.

Source: University of Lincoln