Fairtrade

  • The University and Students’ Union are committed to buying, using and selling Fairtrade products.
  • Wales has been a Fairtrade Nation since 2008.
  • The Fairtrade scheme is about ethical consumerism in well-developed nations, and about sustainability, economic stability, decent working conditions and opportunities for development for families and communities in the developing world.

What is Fairtrade?

Fairtrade is a global alternative trade movement which guarantees fair trading prices for the producers of the consumer goods we enjoy.

Fairtrade is about:

  • better prices for sellers
  • decent working conditions
  • local sustainability
  • fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world.

By requiring companies to pay sustainable prices (which must never fall lower than the market price), Fairtrade addresses the injustices which can result from conventional trading practices. Fairtrade enables producers in developing nations to improve their trading position and have more control over their lives.

How does Fairtrade work?

At the production end:
In a Fairtrade scheme, producers are assured a guaranteed price for their product. Often they receive part-payment well in advance of the end sale of their goods. This helps them to reinvest into production, and to feed themselves and their families.

On many Fairtrade schemes, the workers own a share of the land, making it a co-operative which is worked and owned by indigenous people. This helps to ensure their future stability because decisions are made for the benefit of the community and not on the basis of profit for shareholders elsewhere.

At the consumer end:
Buying Fairtrade products in shops or online helps to ensure continuity of production at the other end of the partnership. It also offers shoppers an ethical and moral alternative to buying products which may have been produced through the exploitation of vulnerable people – often children and illegally-trafficked workers.

The range of Fairtrade products is constantly expanding. You can buy tea, coffee, chocolate, sugar, biscuits, wafers, chocolate bars, snack bars, flapjacks, fruit drinks, beer, bananas, and much more. Many of these are available on the University campuses. And for that special treat or gift, there are Fairtrade boxes of chocolates, Fairtrade wine, flowers, clothes, and more.

Fairtrade Mark
Look for the Fairtrade mark. Wherever you see it, you can be sure that the product has been produced fairly and without exploitation.

Our Commitment

The University and the Students’ Union are committed to supporting, using and promoting Fairtrade certified products. Fairtrade products are available at all our catering outlets and Students’ Union shops and are the priority product in our internal catering. Fairtrade is also included in the University’s procurement policy.

We are committed to campaign for increased fair trade consumption in the University.

Fairtrade events

The last week of February and the first week of March every year are Fairtrade Fortnight.

Fairtrade events are advertised on Unilife, the Chaplaincy weblog and the Students’ Union website. Keep your eyes peeled and you’ll easily find out more about future events.

Wales: A Fairtrade Nation

The Cities of Newport and Cardiff and the County Boroughs of Merthyr Tydfil and Rhondda Cynon Taff have Fairtrade status. In July 2008, Fair Trade Wales held their annual conference at the University of Wales, Newport and it was here that Wales celebrated being the first country to obtain Fairtrade status.

If you have any queries or comments regarding Fairtrade in the University, please contact Vaughan Rees (Vaughan.Rees@southwales.ac.uk) or Matthew Bellamy (Matthew.Bellamy@southwales.ac.uk).

Useful Links

  • Fairtrade Wales
  • Fairtrade Foundation – The website of the Fairtrade Foundation, the campaigning and certification organisation behind the Fairtrade mark.
  • Fairtrade Labelling Organization – Fairtrade Labelling Organizations International (FLO) is part of a worldwide network of Fairtrade organisations.
  • Trade Justice Movement – The Trade Justice Movement is a coalition of organisations campaigning for change to the rules and institutions governing international trade.