University of British Columbia
In 2011, UBC was designated the first Fair Trade Campus in Canada, thanks to a collaboration between UBC Food Services, AMS Food and Beverage Department, UBC Engineers Without Borders, UBC faculty members and the SEEDS Program.
The designation from Fairtrade Canada recognizes UBC for its national leadership in Fair Trade purchasing and commits UBC to buying coffee, tea, chocolate and tropical fruit from producers who guarantee higher social, environmental and pay standards for farmers and workers.
Fair Trade advocacy work on campus is presently led by the UBC Chapter of Enigneers Without Borders Canada. The day-to-day work, ensuring UBC food outlets maintain their commitment to sustainable and ethical food sourcing (of which Fair Trade is one part), is done primarily by our in-house Food Services department. Our Fair Trade Campus Committee (with stakeholders from purchasing departments, marketing departments, food services, the bookstore, and others) works to ensure we continue to explore new and innovative ways to improve product availability and visibility on campus.