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Supporting Fair Trade

29 March 2007

Cardiff University is working towards becoming a Fairtrade institution.

A commitment to support, use and promote Fairtrade, wherever possible, has been made by the University with the Students’ Union.

Fairtrade status is awarded by the Fairtrade Foundation, a charity committed to providing disadvantaged producers in the developing world with a better deal for their products.

The University aims to meet the foundations five goals such as arranging Fairtrade promotions and raising awareness. The University has already achieved the goal of making Fairtrade foods and drinks available and prominently displayed throughout the University’s catering outlets.

Karen Tanner, Director of Residences and Catering Division said: "This important move to gain official Fairtrade status recognises the University's long term commitment to the promotion and sale of Fairtrade products and in doing so contributing to better conditions for many farmer's and communities in developing countries.""

Joe Al-Khayat, President of the Students’ Union said: "The Students’ Union has actively campaigned to support Fairtrade, which is reflected by the strong student support displayed during Fairtrade fortnight. All members of the University community will welcome Cardiff University’s desire to achieve and maintain Fairtrade status. "

In support of the bid University staff and students are encouraged to purchase Fairtrade products, as many already do.

In Information Services, for example, many of the office tea and coffee clubs have switched to Fairtrade products which are also used for internal meetings.

One such club set up by Paul Rock and colleagues in Information Services gets through an estimated 40,000 cups of tea or coffee a year. The club runs on a basis of not only buying Fairtrade, but also locally sourced and environmentally sustainable products.

Paul Rock, Information Services said: "It's the small choices we make in our everyday lives that can make the most difference."

The University’s commitment to Fairtrade supports the Welsh Assembly’s pledge to make Wales the world’s first Fair Trade country.