Located in Guelph Ontario, University of Guelph is the first University in Ontario to become a designated Fair Trade University. Thanks to the hard work and dedication from the University of Guelph’s Engineers Without Borders chapter and the Hospitality Services, the university received their designation on November 28, 2012.
Historically, the university has had a long commitment towards sustainability and ethical purchasing. The campus first started their Fair Trade journey by replacing regular coffee with Fair Trade certified coffee; and as years progressed, the campus began to introduce a wider range of Fair Trade certified products, such as chocolate and tea.
The initiative to designate the University of Guelph into a Fair Trade Campus was led by the University of Guelph’s Engineers Without Borders chapter. This group of students organized several outreach events to spread awareness about the Fair Trade movement. These events include discussion panels, movie nights, Fair Trade symposiums and various awareness activities. The campaign united students, faculty members, food service providers and administration, resulting in the establishment of University of Guelph’s Fair Trade committee.
Since receiving their Fair Trade designation, the University has implemented several Fair Trade events. Some events include:
Banana Selling Event
In 2013, Engineers Without Borders sold approximately 100 Fair Trade Certified bananas on campus. Each banana had a Fair Trade fun fact, making this event an opportunity to educate individuals on Fair Trade.
My Fair Valentine’s
During Valentine’s 2014, the Engineers Without Borders sold over 100 Fair Trade Certified Camino chocolate bars. The event raised over $200 and the profits were split between Fair Trade Guelph and the campus’ Engineering Without Borders chapter.
Furthermore, not only does University of Guelph practice Fair Trade, but the institution is a sustainability advocate. The sustainability office in the university has implemented various programs promoting sustainable practices. These programs include:
- Electronics Recycling
- Hazardous Waste
- On-Campus/Off-Campus/Vermi Composting
- Furniture Swap
- Free Store
- Take it Back Directory
- Move Out Madness
In addition, The University of Guelph’s sustainability office offers several opportunities for students to get involved. These opportunities include:
- Volunteering for their sustainability newsletter
- Becoming an Eco-Rep
- Adopting a Zero-Trash lifestyle
To learn more about the University of Guelph as a Fair Trade campus and sustainability advocate, click here.Read more
There are several ways individuals can get involved in the fair trade movement. Fair Trade Canada offers multiple programs that allow individuals to participate in the promotion of Fair Trade. Fair Trade Canada currently offers seven Fair Trade programs. These programs include:
Fair Trade Towns
This program focuses on bringing all Fair Trade supporters to unite and make their town, city, municipality or village a Fair Trade town. A Fair Trade town’s commitment is to support Fair Trade practice and using licensed Fair Trade products.
Fair Trade Campuses
A Fair Trade campus is committed to supporting and educating about Fair Trade. Supporters ensure Fair Trade products are widely available and easily accessible in and around their campus; as well as educating and spreading awareness of the benefits and positive impacts of the Fair Trade movement.
Fair Trade Schools
The goal of this program is to educate Canada’s young generation on the connection between our food supply and its producers. Providing this education to the young leaders of tomorrow can result in a personal impact on the exploration of children and communities.
Fair Trade Events
Making an event Fair Trade creates an opportunity to unite a diverse group of individuals that share common values and goals. This provides the opportunity for people to converse and discuss with one another on the present and important global issues that have an impact on society, communities and the world.
Fair Trade Workplaces
Fair Trade workplaces encourage individuals to be attentive and aware of the value of labour and the cost of production. It shows that unity between workers all around is a vital step towards a more fair world.
Fair Trade Faith Groups
The Fair Trade Faith Groups encourages congregations to participate in the Fair Trade global movement that provides the opportunity to improve and develop more sustainable lives for farmers, workers, their families and communities.
Fair Trade Ambassadors
This program welcomes and acknowledges all individuals to obtain a strong commitment to Fair Trade movement through their passion and dedication. This program is designed to recognize Fair Trade leaders of today and empower fair trade leaders of tomorrow
There are currently 22 Canadian towns, 19 Canadian campuses and 12 Canadian schools, 17 workplaces, 3 faith groups that are Fair Trade designated.These programs have heavily relied on the support of individuals and groups for their success. Consider getting involved yourself in the Fair Trade movement.Read more
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