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Chester was first granted Fairtrade status in January 2002, and the University of Chester first achieved its own Fairtrade status in 2007, and has maintained this for 12 years. As part of our Fairtrade University status, we continue to review Fairtrade products available at outlets across the institution. In December 2020, the University signed up to the Fairtrade Universities and Colleges award programme for 2020/22. The Fairtrade Steering Group is made up of both students and staff representing different departments, including Academic, Catering, Chaplaincy, Sustainability Unit and Students’ Union.

Green Chester believes greatly in the values of Fairtrade and is therefore committed to helping the University, and the City of Chester maintain its Fairtrade status. We seek to educate people about the positive values of the Fairtrade movement so that we can hopefully inspire staff, students and the local community to factor in ethical sourcing when purchasing goods. You can find out more about the Fairtrade Foundation here.

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Fairtrade Bake Sale
Fairtrade Bake Sale

Fairtrade 2020/22

As part of their work, the group supported Fairtrade Fortnight 2021 with a number of events including a quiz and film screening of ‘The True Cost’. The team have also looked at the number of Fairtrade products used across retail and catering outlets opportunities to engage with students and staff on Fairtrade matters. If you would like to find out more information about how you can get involved with the Fairtrade Steering Group, please email Green Chester.

Achievements

  • Established a Fairtrade Steering Group that meets regularly and represents different departments
  • Launched our Fairtrade Friday campaign
  • Collaborated on Fairtrade Fortnight events
  • Worked with WBL student on a scoping activity

Fairtrade Friday

Fairtrade Fridays is an online campaign, created by the Fairtrade Steering Group, to educate students and staff at the University on issues around Fairtrade, ethical consumerism and trade justice. The campaign is a result of a recent scoping exercise to better understand student and staff perceptions and thoughts are Fairtrade issues. To view Fairtrade Friday posts, head over to the Green Chester Instagram page.