Aberystwyth, a Fairtrade university

Some of the Fairtrade products on offer at the University’s shops and cafes

Some of the Fairtrade products on offer at the University’s shops and cafes

06 October 2014

Aberystwyth University has successful renewed its Fairtrade status with the Fairtrade Foundation.

The University worked closely with Aberystwyth’s Student Union and the Arts Centre to secure this status which supports the development, working conditions and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers.

Rebecca Davies,Pro Vice-Chancellor for Student and Staff Services at Aberystwyth University, said; ”We’re delighted to have been awarded this status once again this year. Our Fairtrade provision is important in helping to raise awareness amongst our students, staff and visitors of the need to ensure a better future for producers in the developing world.

“All campus restaurants and cafes serve Fairtrade tea and coffee and offer a range of Fairtrade snacks and drinks and the number of products available has been increasing year on year. We consider it very important that we continue to stock and promote Fairtrade products to ensure the continued success of this range.”

Jacob Ellis, President at Aberystwyth Students' Union, said;“As a member led organisation, The Students’ Union is delighted to have helped secure Fairtrade status. Our students are passionate about ethical trading and expect us to lead the way in achieving meaningful accreditation that reflects this.”

The Fairtrade certification will last until September 2016.

The University also holds a Bronze Food for Life Catering Mark Award which covers all of the campus restaurants and is fast becoming the industry standard for local, sustainable and ethically sourced food.