The University of Reading has pledged to be a Fairtrade University and has made the the following five commitments:
1. Fairtrade foods are made available for sale in all campus shops wherever possible.
2. Fairtrade foods (for example tea and coffee) are made available wherever possible through hospitality catering to all Schools and Directorates for use in meetings.
3. The University and the Students' Union will promote the sale of Fairtrade products.
4. A Fairtrade Steering Group will meet once a term.
5. This policy statement will be communicated throughout the University, and efforts to support Fairtrade will be strongly encouraged.
Our Fairtrade Policy
The University of Reading has pledged itself to a Fairtrade policy, as part of the many criteria we agreed to fulfil for the future of Fairtrade on our campus.
Please follow the link below to view the full content of the University of Reading's Fairtrade policy:
A Fairtrade University
The University has maintained it's status as a Fairtrade University in 2016. The Fairtrade Foundation stated that:
"University of Reading is clearly committed to Fairtrade, and this shows in your success in upholding and surpassing the 5 goals".
UoR Fairtrade Certificate (June 2016)
Working with Reading Town Fairtrade Group
The University continues to work with Reading Fairtrade Town Group to promote Fairtrade Fortnight.
A joint website has been developed to promote and support Fairtrade across Reading Town and the University of Reading.
But...what is Fairtrade?
"Fairtrade is a simple way to make a difference to the lives of the people who grow the things we love. We do this by changing the way trade works through better prices, decent working conditions and a fair deal for farmers and workers in developing countries". www.fairtrade.org.uk/What-is-Fairtrade/What-Fairtrade-does
Fairtrade Steering Group
A Fairtrade Steering Group was established in Spring Term 2004. In conjunction with the Students' Union, the University will commit to supporting a series of promotional events during the Fairtrade Fortnight (March).
As well as driving awareness, supporting events and initiatives such as Fairtrade Fortnight, other recent events have included the visit of a Fairtrade cocoa producer from Belize and an afternoon talk on the moral challenges of global capitalism by John Dunning, Emeritus Professor in the School of Economics.