In the summer of 2014, Western’s food service provider Hospitality Services, with the guidance and support of Fair Trade Western, began phasing in Fire Roasted Coffee at a number of locations on campus including at the former Quotes Café in Weldon and in the Western Student Recreation Center. This was in response to a growing demand from Western students for ethically produced coffee.
Einstein café now serves Doi Chaang coffee, a Fairtrade brand based out of Vancouver.
Where can I buy Fairtrade on campus?
Fairtrade Certified products (including coffee, tea and chocolate) are currently available in many locations across campus, including;
The Wave and Spoke Tavern
Hospitality Services locations providing Fire Roasted FT coffee;
What is Fairtrade? Fairtrade is a global movement primarily in the developing world that ensures farmers and artisans are getting a fair deal for their products. Through cooperatives, Fairtrade allows farmers to have direct access to global markets. Fairtrade guarantees farmers fair wages, working conditions, a minimum price for their products so they have much more security, and a premium that is distributed throughout the community democratically. By putting more power in the hands of the beneficiaries of Fairtrade (farmers), it is changing how our markets work. For more information, check out this article.
Fairtrade refers to the specific certification from Fairtrade International (FLO), which is a rigorous certification process with many different criteria. There are many products that claim to be Fairtrade but are not certified. These two symbols are the only way to guarantee the product being purchased has been produced in ethical conditions.
Note: The blue and green symbol is often found without colour.
Visibility. Businesses and vendors must have signs indicating they offer Fair Trade products. This is to ensure that customers are aware of what Fair Trade products are available on campus and encourage them to choose Fair Trade Certified!
Availability. All coffee served on campus if Fair Trade (franchises excluded), all locations offering tea must have 3 Fair Trade tea options and all locations offering chocolate bars must have one Fair Trade chocolate bar option.
Fair Trade Committee. The committee is made up of: one student representative, one faculty member, one university VP and one purchasing manager. The Fair Trade Committee ensures the university maintains their Fair Trade Campus status and continues to strive to offer more Fair Trade products.
Fair Trade Western is a group Fair Trade Western’s goals on campus and in the London community are:
Raise awareness about Fair Trade
Increase the availability of Fair Trade products
Increase the visibility of Fair Trade products where they are sold
We are constantly working to encourage people to purchase Fairtrade products and take simple actions that can make a difference. We do this through a variety of events, some of which are fundraisers, including:
Fair Trade Campus Week – a campus wide week-long “celebration” of Fairtrade
Fairtrade bake sales
Scare Them Fair – a Halloween event that promotes the purchasing of Fairtrade chocolate for Halloween
My Fair Valentine – before Valentine’s Day every year we sell Fairtrade chocolate candy grams! Check out our Facebook and Twitter pages!
Fairtrade Certified products (including coffee, tea and chocolate) are currently available in many locations across campus, including:
The Wave and Spoke Tavern
Hospitality Services locations providing Fire Roasted FT coffee -All Residence Operations -Quotes Cafe in Weldon Library -Talbot College -Western Student Recreation Centre -Natural Science -Lucy's Café in Somerville House -North Campus Building -Law/Chambers Cafe -Great Hall Catering
Keep an eye out for other Fairtrade products that are available in Canada, including: Cotton, Flowers, Fruit, Gold, Grains (rice & quinoa), Spices and herbs Nuts, oilseeds, and coconut, Sports balls, Sugar, Wine and beer