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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% 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 50 different Fairtrade goods.

Hospitality and conferencing

Over 90% of teas, coffees and sugar are Fairtrade with the exception of Lavazza (with its own fairly traded scheme), PG Tips and Nescafe who are accredited under the Rainforest Alliance and Twinings who are accredited under the Ethical Tea Partnership. In the conference centre Fairtrade teas coffee and sugar are automatically provided. Where staff provide their own drinks (eg 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 through work done by students as part of their study projects
  • experimenting with creative forms of promotion and sale such as the Fairtrade meal deal in Feelgood Februrary
  • advertising of Fairtrade products where they are sold, including the provision of free tasters and 10% 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, Fairtrade breakfasts and Fairtrade pancake day events
  • encouraging and supporting students to do study projects on Fairtrade within their courses.

Supporters' network

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

  • Hospitality General Services Manager – Jayne Seymour
  • Students' Union Retail Manager – Paul Dingley
  • The Students' Union at UWE Representative – VP for Community and Welfare
  • Sustainability Lead – Vicki Harris
  • Procurement Representative – Helen Baker   
  • The Students' Union at UWE Green Team co-ordinator – Lauren McLeron
  • 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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