Great news! Café 101 and Reboot have joined the Fair Trade journey, meaning that anywhere on campus you choose to have your coffee or hot chocolate now, you’ll be helping to ensure workers in developing countries are receiving basic humanitarian services. Think – good health, clean water, decent wages and schooling for their children. All those things we just take for granted.
We’re so proud and excited that the Fair Trade Association of Australia and NZ has recognised UC as a Fair Trade University that we want to celebrate with you.
Between 12pm and 1pm on 8 August, we invite all staff and students to join us in the Undercroft to witness the presentation of our certificate, enjoy music, stalls and, of course, to taste samples of Fair Trade coffe, hot chocolate, tea and chocolate.
You can also see the draw of the SnapChat competiton for Fair Trade goodies the UCSA will run closer to the event. You can find out more about Fair Trade at UC here.
UC has been recognised by the Fair Trade Association of Australia and Zealand as a Fair Trade University, one of only two in New Zealand, and the first entirely Fair Trade campus.
Because UC owns its 87 hectare Christchurch campus, we needed to provide Fair Trade tea and coffee brands in every café, kitchenette and staffroom across the entire campus to gain accreditation, which translates to a significant commitment on everyone’s part.
The fact that the UCSA had already introduced Fair Trade coffee into all their cafés on campus by 2012 made that transition somewhat easier. Our students are to be congratulated in leading the way by already deciding that Fair Trade was a good thing to support.
It was the strong endorsement of the University Council during 2016 however, that gave the movement real momentum. A Fair Trade Steering Group, chaired by Associate Professor John Hopkins, was established to manage the policy, administrative and cultural changes involved in converting all UC purchased tea and coffee to Fair Trade brands.
Criteria for accreditation is that 50 percent of products should be Fair Trade, where Fair Trade options are available. By the time we applied for accreditation, UC purchases for tea and coffee had reached 80 percent, and are still rising.
Every staff member and student who drinks tea and coffee on campus is to be commended for their part in making a difference on a global scale. Conditions in a Fair Trade tea or coffee plantation bear no resemblance to one that is not. By supporting Fair Trade products, we are playing a real part in ensuring that workers in coffee and tea plantations in developing countries receive basic humanitarian services such as good health, clean water, decent wages and schooling for their children.
An official launch in the Undercroft on August 8 will give you all the chance to taste some of the Fair Trade coffee, tea and chocolate currently on offer.
UC Council have approved UC to become a Fair Trade University! UC is committed to the principles and practices of being a socially responsible institution. Supporting Fair Trade growers and producers is an important way to demonstrate this and to encourage students to become aware of key global social and environmental issues.
One of the minimum requirements for accreditation is to supply Fair Trade beverages to staff via university kitchenettes. From 18 November, all new beverages (tea and coffee) purchased by UC must be Fair Trade. A wide range of Fair Trade products are already available through OfficeMax and our suppliers would welcome feedback on expanding the range.
More information about Fair Trade and the process of UC becoming a Fair Trade campus can be found here. Please send any questions that cannot be addressed through the FAQ page to email@example.com.
Thank you for playing your part to make a difference to hundreds of vulnerable communities all over the world.