Dumfries and Galloway College have been members of the Scottish Fair Trade Forum since 2015 and know the importance of using Fair Trade produts across both of their campuses.
Principal, Joanna Campbell said:
Membership of the Scottish Fair Trade Forum is a natural fit for Dumfries and Galloway College. We share common values including a commitment to justice, equity, and sustainability as well as a forward-thinking and practical attitude to getting things done. I am very happy that we are members of the Forum and continue to share in the pride at the work it continues to do.
“Sustainability is at the heart of Dumfries and Galloway College and the use of Fair Trade produce is encompassed within our vision for a brighter, greener, fairer future for all.
It has been recognised by staff and students across the college that Fair Trade is an important aspect and students are increasingly globally aware of issues around the world, and furthermore they want to see actions on these issues. This means that being aligned with Fair Trade values is welcomed by our students and is something they want to see from their college, making them proud to attend a college that cares about the environment and the wider world.
Across both of our campuses in Dumfries and Stranraer, we offer Fair Trade produce where possible and work with suppliers who also promote and use fair trade produce. A huge strand of our Ambition 2025 strategy is based on sustainability, and we see fair trade as part of that strategy, helping our planet in more ways than one – it’s not just about helping the planet itself, but the people who populate it as well.
As the college works towards our Ambition 2025 strategy and beyond where we aim to be net zero by 2030, the college will also look to improve its fair trade status every step of the way and we recognise that there is always more to be done.
Our commitment to Fair Trade ranges across not only our coffee shops and canteens but in our learning environments – our hospitality students learn to understand the benefit of fine, Fair Trade produce as part of their courses and where possible, the college look to use Fair Trade produce in the campus kitchens.
Ensuring that students know the benefit of Fair Trade is of great importance and helps to show the next generation that we can all be playing our part in sustainability and Fair Trade across the globe”.
Student Association President Amy Farley said:
Fighting for fairness, justice, and equity in the world around us is fundamental to our association and so I’m happy to see our college be part of an organisation that promotes these goals.
We look forward to the future and challenging ourselves to see what more we can do”!