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Buckinghamshire New University granted fairtrade status

Buckinghamshire New University has been granted Fairtrade University status by the Fairtrade Foundation.

The award means that Bucks New University has been recognised by the Fairtrade Foundation as meeting its internationally agreed standards as a Fairtrade University, and now has the right to display the FAIRTRADE mark throughout its campuses and facilities, and on all marketing and publicity materials and the website.

A Fairtrade University is one that has made a commitment to supporting and using Fairtrade. It ensures that Fairtrade products are available in as many places as possible and raises awareness of Fairtrade and the benefits that it brings to producers in developing countries with students and employees. At Bucks, Fairtrade foods are available in all campus shops and are used in all cafes, restaurants and bars on campus. Fairtrade foods are served at University and Students’ Union meetings, and in all University and Students’ Union management offices.

Bucks New University and the Bucks Students’ Union joined forces to apply for the award, and the news of their success was announced at a special launch held at the University during Fairtrade Fortnight, an annual event comprising promotional initiatives and activities held to promote Fairtrade across the country. Attending the launch were Prof Ruth Farwell, Vice Chancellor of Bucks New University, and Yasmin Omar, President of the Bucks Students’ Union.

Prof Ruth Farwell commented: “It is great news that the University has been awarded Fairtrade status, and I congratulate all those who have helped to achieve this. The award reflects Bucks’ continued efforts to encourage sustainability in our modern world.”

Yasmin Omar, President of the Bucks Students’ Union, said: “Here at Bucks we recognise the role we play within the international community and so we will continue to support Fairtrade and promote its presence within our university and the wider community. Gaining Fairtrade University status has allowed Bucks to become a beacon of good practice within the region, and we hope that other organisations will follow.”

The Fairtrade Foundation is the independent non-profit organisation that licenses use of the FAIRTRADE mark on products in the UK in accordance with internationally agreed Fairtrade standards. The Foundation was established in 1992, and its vision is of a world in which justice and sustainable development are at the heart of trade structures and practices so that everyone, through their work, can maintain a decent and dignified livelihood and develop to their full potential.