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UWE Bristol Fairtrade best practice

2020 target: Customer trust in a transparent sustainable UWE Bristol supply chain, plus an increase of 25 per cent by value of local, SME and Fairtrade goods and services.

We aim to meet our Sustainability plan 2020 target through a variety of good practices on the ground:

Sale of Fairtrade products

Fairtrade products are available for purchase in all our campus shops, bars, cafes, and restaurants. Where this is not immediately possible, there is a commitment to introduce Fairtrade foods in these establishments as soon as it becomes possible to do so. The Students' Union shop excels, stocking over 70 different Fairtrade goods.

Hospitality and conferencing

All teas, coffees and sugar are Fairtrade with the exception of PG Tips and Nescafe who accredited under the Rainforest Alliance and Twinings who are accredited under the Ethical Tea Partnership. In regards to other products, we have a commitment to increasing the use of Fairtrade products as it becomes possible to do so. Where staff provide their own drinks (e.g. in offices) they are automatically offered Fairtrade options.


UWE Bristol works closely with The Students' Union to campaign for increased Fairtrade consumption across all campuses. This is done on an ongoing basis to ensure awareness is maintained throughout the year and includes:

  • promoting Fairtrade to all students, staff, and visitors at UWE Bristol through staff welcome fairs, student inductions, and other activities, such as an advert on The Students' Union screens at Frenchay Campus. This appears every six minutes on ten screens, which equals a total of 1,400 times per day
  • drawing attention to our Fairtrade policy, and why UWE Bristol is supporting that policy to persuade others to do the same
  • advertising of Fairtrade products where they are sold, including the provision of free tasters and 10 per cent off promotion of drinks and products at all bars and cafes  
  • organising events during Fairtrade Fortnight every March and during sustainability week every October, for example, Fairtrade outdoor cinema with free tea, chocolate, and breakfast
  • encouraging and supporting students to do study projects on Fairtrade within their curriculum.

Supporters' network

The Fairtrade policy is implemented and developed by the following stakeholders:

  • Hospitality General Services Manager - Jayne Seymour
  • Students' Union Retail Manager - Matthew Mealing 
  • The Students' Union at UWE Representative - VP for Societies and Communication 
  • Sustainability Engagement Co-ordinator - Vicki Harris
  • Procurement Representative - Helen Baker   
  • The Students' Union at UWE Green Team co-ordinator – Tom Ball
  • The Students' Union at UWE Green Team representative - various

Members of the sustainability network and supporters throughout UWE Bristol also work to ensure that Fairtrade is promoted across the board.

Contact the Sustainability team or The Students' Union Green Team if you have any queries.

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