City of Glasgow College & Glasgow Clyde College both achieve Fairtrade status!

City of Glasgow College and Glasgow Clyde College both achieve Fairtrade status!

The Scottish Fair Trade Forum supports and encourages Scottish universities and colleges to work towards Fairtrade status. The student movement has been central to the rapidly growing success of Fair Trade in Scotland because so many students are willing to stand up and demand an end to trade injustice and exploitation of workers in developing countries. We are delighted to congratulate City of Glasgow College and Glasgow Clyde College who have both achieved Fairtrade status in time to celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight, which begins next week!

Glasgow Clyde College announced its achievement at the beginning of February. The college has been working in partnership with the Student Association to increase the use of Fairtrade products throughout their catering department, raise awareness of Fair Trade amongst students and staff and have implemented an internal Fair Trade policy to maintain their commitment to Fair Trade. Its is great to see students at the heart of the process, running various campaigns and activities to educate people on Fair Trade. John Clark, Catering and Cleaning Services Manager and Chairman of the Fair Trade Steering Group said:

"We have been working in conjunction with the Student Association, staff, suppliers and students for several years to gain Fairtrade status. We have increased the range of Fairtrade products within the canteen, hosted events and workshops with our suppliers and have worked tirelessly to embed Fair Trade into the ethos of the College."

We are also pleased to congratulate City of Glasgow College on achieving Fairtrade Status. The College has set up a Fair Trade Steering Group to promote the campaign and successfully achieved the goals required to meet the status. This includes the provisions of Fairtrade products throughout the twin-site campus, serving Fairtrade products at meetings and organising successful Fair Trade campaigns and events.

Principal and Chief Executive at City of Glasgow College, Paul Little, said:

I am delighted that we have been awarded this internationally recognised status which endorses our College’s commitment to supporting and using fairly traded products across our twin-site super campus. It is also part of our commitment to sustainability, international development and to offering wider choice to the people who work, study and visit with us. Our ongoing collaboration with stakeholders and partners has been praised by the Fairtrade Foundation along with the incredible amount of energy invested into the variety of campaigns organised by both staff and students. It is particularly encouraging to see our students so involved in promoting and fundraising for Fair Trade causes which both raise awareness and provide an invaluable learning curve.”

It is great news that both colleges have achieved Fairtrade status in time for Fairtrade Fortnight, which runs from 27th February until the 12th March. Both colleges have a host of events organised throughout the fortnight to celebrate achieving their status, to help promote Fair Trade within the colleges and to show their support for producers in developing countries.

To find out more information about the importance of Fairtrade Colleges have a look at the colleges section of our website.