Our Fairtrade Policy

The University’s Strategic Plan Our Salford 2014-18 sets out our mission; transforming lives, stimulating discovery, realising potential. It has four themes Our Culture, Our Community, Our Partners and Our Impact and the Plan identifies Sustainability as the enabler underpinning all activities within the strategy. To remain sustainable financially, environmentally, competitively and socially is at the core of the University’s plans.

In line with these commitments and values, the University of Salford and University of Salford Students’ Union, support the aims of the Fairtrade Foundation through our Fairtrade University status. To maintain this status, as defined by the Fairtrade Foundation, we have made the following commitments:

Our Goals

  1. To commit to Fairtrade University status with both the University and Students’ Union signing up to this policy;
  2. To ensure that Fairtrade products including food and cotton are made available for sale in all our retail outlets and Fairtrade foods are used in all cafés/restaurants/bars on campus. Ensuring the availability and use of Fairtrade products throughout the university increases year on year.
    The University and Students’ Union will investigate sourcing of Fairtrade cotton products in purchasing of staff uniforms, course wear and merchandise.
  3. Fairtrade products served at all meetings/events hosted by the university and the Students’ Union, including internal management meetings. Tea, coffee and sugar to be served as standard with other Fairtrade products being introduced (e.g. biscuits, juice and fruit) where possible.
  4. To promote our Fairtrade Policy and a range of Fairtrade products to encourage our community of students and staff to understand and support the Fairtrade ethos. Our campaign will include promotion of Fairtrade events, initiatives and products in University and Students’ Union outlets, on websites and in publications. We will also seek to embed Fairtrade awareness into course material where appropriate.

Steering Group

To implement our policy we have established a Health, Wellbeing and Fairtrade Group whose membership includes:

  • Environmental and Sustainability Officer
  • Catering Services Manager
  • StudentLife representation
  • Students’ Union representation

The Group will meet at least each term to develop and manage the Sustainable Food and Healthy Eating Policy and Action Plan (which also has Fairtrade commitments embedded); its’ remit will include to plan and co-ordinate a Fairtrade campaign which includes activities by the Students’ Union and the University which will be integrated with other university events where feasible.  The Steering Group will work collaboratively with other units, including academic and University Purchasing departments. The Steering Group will be responsible for regular data monitoring and an annual review of the Fairtrade policy, goals and achievements as identified within the Sustainable Food and Healthy Eating Policy and, in line with the Fairtrade Foundation requirements, the renewal of the Fairtrade University Status.

Sustainability Programme Board and USSU

October 2014