Fair Trade Fortnight – let your wallet make the choice

This Fair Trade Fortnight, we’re encouraging our UC community to vote with their wallets for the kind of world they want to live in. Read on to find out how, and discover the mysteries of your Fair Trade coffee on campus…

As part of a four part blog series exploring the recently adopted Sustainability Framework, the UC Sustainability Office is this month turning its attention to partnerships for sustainability, and there is no better time than Fair Trade Fortnight to explore UC’s partnership with the Fair Trade Association of Australia and New Zealand.

In July 2017, UC became recognised by the FTA as a Fair Trade University, one of only two in Aotearoa New Zealand (and the first entirely Fair Trade campus!).

Basically, this means you’re allowed to eat as much chocolate and drink as much coffee on campus as you like, guilt free… because it’s 100% guaranteed Fair Trade certified!

But seriously, what does this mean for UC?

One of the FTA’s key ‘Minimum Requirements’ of becoming a Fair Trade University, is to provide Fair Trade and World Fair Trade Organisation (WFTO) certified products in as many on-campus cafes and retail outlets as possible.

But UC’s commitment to Fair Trade doesn’t end at just coffee and chocolate – Fair Trade drinking chocolate, tea, flavoured barista syrups, sugar, cotton clothing and soft drinks are either available in campus cafes, or in your department kitchens.

Where do I fit into this?

Start by eating, drinking and wearing your favourite products, and make sure they are fair trade, and ethically sourced. Every Fair Trade or WFTO purchase you make has a massive positive impact on farmers, producers, their families and their communities in developing countries all over the world. Look for the two most widely recognised ethical labels in the world: Fair Trade and WFTO.

These labels ensure the ingredients in the product have been sourced in accordance with Fair Trade and WFTO social, economic and environmental standards. This means as a consumer, you can be confident that by purchasing this product, you’re making a real positive difference.

Back to the coffee…

Luckily for us, the UCSA has been supplying us with 100% Fair Trade, organic coffee long before our accreditation, from Common Good Coffee Roasters (formally Jailbreaker), and we’d like to share the story of their coffee beans with you.

What’s so special about this Fairtrade coffee on campus, you ask?

  • We’re able to trace the path of our coffee, from bean to cup!
  • For example, the Ethiopian Sidamo coffee bean in your morning coffee comes from Oromia Coffee Farmers’ Cooperative Union (OCFCU), established in 1999 to support a sustainable coffee supply from cooperatives in the Oromia region of Ethiopia.
  • OCFCU supports 360 co-operatives with more than 332,393 farmer-members, accounting for 65% of Ethiopia’s total coffee production.
  • Premiums from coffee exports are returned directly to farmers, and also fund organic farming practices and food security programs.
  • See, guilt free!

UC is proud to stand with Fair Trade producers and encourage ethical sourcing, through our partnership and recognition with FTA, and our relationship with our Fair Trade suppliers operating through Fair Trade ANZ and WFTO.


Want to know more about Fair Trade at UC, and how you, your friends or your department can be involved? Read more here.

Don’t forget: It’s Fair Trade Fortnight right now!

From 3– 16 August, UC is celebrating all things Fair Trade. The Sustainability Office is holding a series of events, talks and activities during the fortnight, and we’d love to see you there! More event information here.

UC Sustainability Office