Fair Trade Campus
The University of British Columbia became the first Fair Trade Campus in Canada in January 2011. Pictured above (left to right) are Andrew Young, Sara Mohammed Pour, and Kaan Williams, leaders in UBC's Fair Trade Campus community, accepting the designation for the university.
Photo courtesy of Engineers Without Borders.
Across the country, Canadian universities and colleges are leaders in developing new ideas and making old ideas better. The Fair Trade Campus program is designed to acknowledge institutions that have shown leadership in this regard through their support of Fair Trade.
Fair Trade Campus isn't a certification (only products and producers can be Fairtrade certified), rather, it's a status that recognizes the leadership of Canadian colleges and universities.
How Does It Work?
Any college or university can be designated a Fair Trade Campus once it has met a series of requirements that fall within three distinct categories:
1. Availability requirements focus on the Fair Trade products that can be found on campus. Some are very specific and measurable, setting clear targets for particular products, whereas others are more open and challenge the university push beyond the more specific standards.
|The Fair Trade Campus Action Guide and other helpful tools and resources can be found on the Canadian Fair Trade Network's website.|
2. Visibility criteria are alll about ideas - introducing people to the concept of Fair Trade, and providing them with opportunities to find it, learn about it, and discuss it. As with the availability standards, the visibility criteria have both specific targets and more open-ended requirements to allow each campus to express its own creativity.
3. Committee requirements are simply about keeping the momentum going. They formally bring together members of a Fair Trade Campus community to ensure the standards continue to be met and, more importantly, so each Fair Trade Campus can decide how they will go beyond them.
How To Get Started?
To offer aspiring campuses a greater level of guidance and support, we have partnered with the Canadian Fair Trade Network (CFTN) and Association Québécoise du Commerce Équitable (AQCÉ). The CFTN or AQCÉ is your first point of contact when pursuing Fair Trade Campus Designation.
They will provide you with free tools and resources, as well as advice and guidance on next steps. They can also put you in touch with other campuses pursuing, or having achieved, Fair Trade Campus status.
Contact infocftn [dot] ca or infoassoquebecequitable [dot] org to get started.
How To Apply?
Once you have met all the criteria and have obtained the application form from the CFTN or AQCÉ, you are ready to apply. Please send your complete application form and supporting documents to infocftn [dot] ca, infoassoquebecequitable [dot] org and communicationsfairtrade [dot] ca.