5 November, 2018

Cégep de Sorel-Tracy – 2017 Fair Trade Campus of the Year

Cégep de Sorel-Tracy
by Ian Brown, Fairtrade Canada

Continuing our series of posts looking at the winners of the 2017 Canadian Fairtrade Awards, today we’re looking at Cégep de Sorel-Tracy – the 2017 Fair Trade Campus of the Year.

With around a thousand students, Cégep de Sorel-Tracy is one of the smallest of our designated Fair Trade Campuses. However, according to our panel of independent judges, their application was strong enough to see off competition from much larger institutions. Some highlights of their application:

  • They have a 15-member steering committee of students, staff and management which is active both on and off campus – they are advocating for the community of Sorel-Tracy to become a designated Fair Trade Town.
  • The students operate a well-known Magasin du Monde offering for sale more than 100 Fairtrade certified products. In addition they put on six awareness sessions throughout the year to educate students about Fairtrade certification.
  • Members of the steering committee presented at a meeting of the Fédération étudiante collégiale du Québec to educate others about the Magasin du Monde concept and to raise awareness of Fairtrade and the Fair Trade Campus program.
  • The campus cafeteria offers only Fairtrade certified coffee and tea.
  • They were an active participant in Fair Trade Campus Week in September.

The Canadian Fairtrade Awards recognize exceptional Fairtrade supporters and are an opportunity to celebrate all of the great work done in the year by businesses, organizations and individuals. The Fair Trade Campus Program is about making campuses more ethical and increasing benefits for farmers and workers in the Global South through increased sales of Fairtrade certified products.