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28 June 2007
Cardiff University is to be awarded Fairtrade status in recognition of the commitment by staff and students to support, promote and use Fairtrade goods.
Fairtrade status is awarded by the Fairtrade Foundation, a charity committed to providing disadvantaged producers in the developing world with a better deal for their products. The University together with the Students’ Union successfully met the foundations five goals, including arranging Fairtrade promotions and raising awareness.
Vice-Chancellor Dr David Grant said: "We’re proud to be recognised as a Fairtrade institution. As one of the largest employers in Cardiff and a major purchaser of goods and services, the University is highly conscious of its wider social and environmental responsibilities."
Welsh Assembly Government First Minister said: "The University’s commitment to Fairtrade fits in well with the Welsh Assembly Government’s pledge to make Wales the world’s first Fair Trade country.
"Last year I jointly agreed a set of ambitious Fair Trade country targets with the First Minister of Scotland and we are in a friendly race with them to get there first. One of the criteria to get Fair Trade country status is that all universities and colleges must have Fairtrade groups. Cardiff University being awarded Fairtrade status takes us a step nearer to reaching our goal. My congratulations go to all involved."
Fairtrade products are now an established part of University life and are offered by the University’s Residences and Catering Division which caters to some 25,000 students and 6,000 staff, running four restaurants, 11 coffee shops and cyber-cafes and two student bars.
The Student Union has mirrored these achievements in its shop, restaurant and bar.
Joe Al-Khayat, President of the Students’ Union said: "This is a terrific achievement for the student body. The Students’ Union has actively campaigned to support Fairtrade and plans to involve even more students in the campaign in the next academic session."
Members of staff have also adopted Fairtrade principles. One University Tea Club run in the Information Service Directorate, provides Fairtrade tea, coffee, cocoa, sugar and fresh Welsh organic milk. The club supplies all the meetings held in the Directorate - which gets through some 40,000 cups of tea and coffee every year.
Fairtrade is just one strand of Cardiff’s wider social, ethical and environmental policies. The University has just agreed with the Carbon Trust a new energy management plan which will see savings of up to 26,000 tonnes of Carbon and up to £3M over the next five years.
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