The University is increasing its support to Fairtrade
by offering a wider choice of products in its catering
With the help of the University, Wolverhampton became a Fair
Trade City in 2004. The University is part of the City’s Fair Trade
Partnership, hosting the annual AGM, and is now working to gain
Fair Trade status in its own right.
Catering Services have for the past three years supported
Fairtrade by taking part in Fairtrade Fortnight and stocking some
This year, they are increasing support for this worthwhile
initiative, by ensuring that all refectories offer Fairtrade hot
beverages, orange juice and some confectionery products. Since
September, all hot beverages supplied to meetings have been
The Fairtrade Mark is an independent consumer label which
appears on products as guarantee that disadvantaged producers in
the developing world are getting a better deal.
For a product to display this mark, it must meet international
Fairtrade standards. These standards are set by the international
certification body Fairtrade Labelling Organisations
Producer organisations that supply Fairtrade products are
inspected and certified by the Fairtrade Labelling Organisation.
They receive a minimum price that covers the cost of sustainable
production and an extra premium that is invested in social or
economic development projects. A small percentage of money is also
placed in an emergency fund, so that if a disaster strikes, like
the recent Hurricane Dean, these producers have funds to grow more
crops, without the need to rely heavily on overseas aid.