Liverpool John Moores University and LiverpoolSU gained accreditation from the UK’s Fairtrade Foundation in February 2006.
Being a Fairtrade institution is part of the University’s wider strategic commitment ‘to be recognised as a modern, civic university’. There is institutional commitment to sustainability, international development and creation of opportunity and this is linked directly to the institution’s Sustainability policy.
LJMU aims to achieve this through partnership and supports wealth creation, social well-being, culture and the arts within the City-region and beyond. Fairtrade is embedded into a variety of academic activity. The University’s Foundation for Citizenship in particular is committed to the development of the ethical student and an ethos of citizenship in the wider community.
Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world. Fairtrade addresses the injustices of conventional trade, which traditionally discriminate against the poorest, weakest producers in the developing world. Fairtrade enables workers and their communities to improve the lives of local people and have more control over their lives.
Liverpool John Moores University and LiverpoolSU are committed to supporting, promoting and using Fairtrade goods.
To achieve this, the University and Union will maintain Fairtrade status, as defined by the Fairtrade Foundation (www.fairtrade.org.uk), and commits itself to the 5 goals as laid down by the Foundation:
- Fairtrade foods are available for sale in all campus shops and used in all cafes/restaurants/bars on campus. Where this is not possible, there is a commitment to begin to use Fairtrade foods in these establishments as soon as it becomes possible to do so.
Fairtrade foods (e.g. tea and coffee) are served at all meetings hosted by the university and the students union, and in all university and student union management offices.
The process of maintaining Fairtrade status is co-ordinated by a Fairtrade Steering Group that includes students, academics and key strategic professional services staff. This group will ensure the implementation of the policy and the achieving of relevant KPIs to ensure continued accreditation status.
The Steering group will organise the publicity for Fairtrade Fortnight and other promotion of Fairtrade products on an ongoing basis to ensure awareness raising is maintained on campus.
The Steering Group will submit timely and relevant reports to the University’s Senior Management team and to the Fairtrade Foundation in order to maintain Fairtrade status.
The Fairtrade policy can be found here LJMU Fairtrade Policy.
The Fairtrade Foundation has recently renewed LJMU's status as a Fairtrade University. The 2010/2011 Renewal Feedback Report can be found here Fairtrade Status Renewal.
The 2008/2009 University Renewal Feedback Report can be found here Renewal Application for Fairtrade University Status.
For price information on Fairtrade goods from LJMU approved suppliers, please contact a member of the Procurement Services Team.
For further information on Fairtrade visit the Fairtrade Foundation website: www.fairtrade.org.uk