Fairtrade at DkIT

Next week DkIT will officially be awarded Fairtrade status.
This follows work to;

- create and approve a Fairtrade purchasing policy
- organise and promote a Fairtrade Week
- ensure that DkiT is offering Fairtrade products on campus

There will be a short ceremony at 11am on Monday the 17th of Oct

Melanie Drea from Fairtrade Ireland will present DkIT with our Fairtrade Certification

There ceremony will be followed by Fairtrade Tea and Coffee and attendees will be invited to discuss how we can embed Fairtrade further.

More information on Fairtrade in DKIT is available here

Over the Summer DkIT was recognised as a Fairtrade Campus by Fairtrade Ireland.

What is Fairtrade?

“Fairtrade is a strategy for poverty alleviation and sustainable development. Its purpose is to create opportunities for producers and
workers who have been economically disadvantaged or marginalized by the conventional trading system.” If you want to find out more about how Fairtrade impacts there is an article here
http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/weekend/2011/0226/1224290904797.html

What does it mean?

This means that DkIT has made a commitment to supporting and using Fairtrade, to ensuring that Fairtrade products are available in as many places as possible and that we will raise awareness of Fairtrade and the benefits that it brings to producers. Practically we were able to gain recognition because:

-DkIT adopted a Fairtrade purchasing policy

-Fairtrade tea/coffee is sold exclusively in all cafes

-Fairtrade tea/coffee is served at all meetings

-At least two Fairtrade products are available in all retail units

-There is a commitment to promote Fairtrade in general and hold a Fairtrade fortnight


The purchasing policy and details are available to read here:

http://ww2.dkit.ie/staff_and_admin/strategy/the_sustainable_living_institute/green_campus_actions/food

In order to develop Fairtrade on campus this year any of the following actions would help:


- adding more Fairtrade products to those already available on campus
- tea/coffee clubs opting for Fairtrade
- providing Fairtrade tea/coffee in vending machines

Thank You to

The Fairtrade project is promoted by the Green Campus Group in DkIT. We are very grateful to all the champions in this group and also to;

The canteen staff & managers
The staff & manager of the Student Commonroom
Staff in Hospitality

What you can do?

Buy Fairtrade products

Thank all the areas that stock Fairtrade & tell them of other products you might like

If you are interested in supporting Fairtrade in anyway or getting involved in promoting it please come to a meeting on Oct 18, 1 - 2 pm in the Syndicate Room.