During Fair Trade Campus Week in September 2013, Brock University became Canada’s sixth Fair Trade Campus - second in Ontario after Guelph - to be designated by Fairtrade Canada.
The campus designation was made possible by the hard work of the Brock Fair Trade Club student group, and the University’s and Brock University Students’ Union’s (BUSU) food services operators.
Initiated by BrockU students Anneka Bosse and Charissa DiMarco in 2011, the Brock Fair Trade club was created to raise awareness and educate the Brock community on fair trade issues at the University and in Niagara.
What is fair trade?
Fair trade is a market-based system that uses informed consumer support to influence international trade and business practices toward greater social and environmental sustainability. As a response to conventional trade systems, which have very often contributed to poverty and poor working conditions within developing countries, fair trade aims to build an alternative approach based on mutually beneficial relationships between producers and consumers.