Fair Trade Campus Program

FT Campus LogoThe Fair Trade Campus program recognizes colleges and universities demonstrating strong commitment to fair trade. It has a long-term vision of broad awareness and support for fair trade on Canadian campuses and in their wider communities. Universities and colleges have a rich history of leadership in developing new ideas and in supporting social innovation. They are more than centres of higher learning, they are also important agents for promoting change in their communities and in the marketplace.

The Fair Trade Campus program seeks to align the values of Canadian universities and colleges with their purchases. It often supports initiatives that are already underway on campus, and is designed to provide the tools and information needed to further demonstrate their leadership so that others will follow.

Fair Trade Campus Requirements 

  1. Steering Committee
  2. Product Availability
  3. Visibility and Education

Submitting an Application

The Fair Trade Campus Steering Committee is responsible for meeting all requirements of the Fair Trade Campus Designation and for submitting the application. Fair Trade Campus Designations are awarded based on a joint review by Fairtrade Canada, the Canadian Fair Trade Network (CFTN) and the Association Québécoise du Commerce Équitable (AQCÉ). Applications should be sent to communications(at)fairtrade.cainfo(at)cftn.ca and info(at)assoquebecequitable.org.

Looking Forward

Fair Trade Campus groups bring energy and momentum to the fair trade movement in Canada. We want to see this continue. At the CFTN, our role will be to continue to encourage and support both students and campus hospitality teams as they influence those around them with their passion, creativity, and willingness to push boundaries.

We want to help grow Fair Trade Campus designations.

  • Our goal is to have 100 Fair Trade Towns designated by December 2020.

We will help promote program involvement through various means of community outreach and relationship building

  • We will partner with like-minded organizations, e.g., Engineers Without Borders (EWB), Meal Exchange (MX), Canadian Federation of Students (CFS), World University Service of Canada (WUSC) 
  • Attend conferences, e.g., Canadian College and University Food Service Association (CCUFSA), Canadian Association of University Business Officers (CAUBO), National Association of College Auxiliary Services (NACAS) conferences, to build relationships to support community outreach within the program
  • We will provide support to help town groups drive campaigns including Fairtrade Month, World Fair Trade Day, and the Canadian Fairtrade Awards

We will support long-term group sustainability, success, and leadership within Fair Trade Campus committees.

  • We will be in contact with committees through monthly webinars and yearly in-person visits
  • Support Fair Trade Campus committees by developing post-designation marketing materials, e.g., brochures and point-of-sale information cards
  • The designation renewal process will be streamlined to include an effective and useful monitoring and evaluation framework
  • Silver and Gold standards will be developed to drive the fair trade movement forward and ensure campus engagement post-designation

We want to help colleges and universities entrench fair trade within their purchasing policies.

  • We will be working alongside students, purchasing managers and food service providers to include fair trade options wherever possible.
  • The necessary resources will be developed, which will include a sustainable purchasing guide and purchasing policy tools.
  • We will connect with organizations who are advocating for sustainable public procurement
  • Quantifiable purchasing data will be collected during the designation renewal process to influence further policy reform 

We want to push it beyond purchasing!

  1. Our public institutions shouldn’t invest in companies and commodities (i.e., fossil fuels) that harm people or the planet. We will work with Fair Trade Campus groups to challenge colleges and universities to reconsider their investment strategies. We will partner with divestment campaigns, work with policy makers, and promote sustainable investment
  2. We will coordinate local/regional participation in national federal advocacy campaigns. We will work to engage local MPs to drive campaigns for sustainable public procurement, official development assistance (ODA) spending on fair trade co-ops, trade policy reform, the adoption of Fair Trade Nation standards, and consumer labelling reform