Presentation marks Fairtrade status for University
presentation has been held to mark the University of Wolverhampton
gaining official Fairtrade status.
Hannah Reed from the Fairtrade Foundation presented the
certificate, to Dr Gwinnett, along with new Mayor Councillor
Christine Mills. She commended the University on its excellent
application and the work that they are doing.
The University has worked closely with the City Council on
Fairtrade initiatives and helped Wolverhampton become a Fairtrade
Dr Gwinnett is the University’s representative on the
Wolverhampton City Fairtrade Partnership and has been instrumental
in achieving the status.
She said: “I am delighted that we have received Fairtrade
status and were able to mark our achievement with colleagues from
across the city.”
Several key criteria had to be met and the University also
worked closely with the Catering Department and Students’ Union to
achieve its goals.
Fairtrade products are sold in all University catering outlets
and a new Fairtrade café recently opened at its Walsall
A formal Fairtrade policy was created and a special steering
group set up, chaired by Dr Gwinnett and comprising members from a
broad cross-section of University departments.
The University had to supply an audit of products sold in its
outlets, as well as details of awareness events and initiatives,
such as supporting Fairtrade Fortnight and holding seminars.
Dr Gwinnett said the next stage was to look at other products
the University could use in addition to food and drink, such as
Fairtrade cotton for catering and caretaking uniforms.
Picture: Dr Barbara Gwinnett (R) receives the University
of Wolverhampton’s official Fairtrade status certificate from
Hannah Reed, of the Fairtrade Foundation, along with Wolverhampton
City Mayor Councillor Christine Mills.
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