.Representation

Fairtrade and Trade Justice (0304P1)

Status: Lapsed | Zone: Sustainability

Passed: 27/10/2003 | Lapsed: 15/06/2009

This policy was discussed at the following meetings:

  • The value of international trade has tripled in the last twenty years, but the benefits of this trade are not shared equally
  • In the UK, there are now more fairly traded products available than ever before. Nearly 100 foods bear the Fairtrade Mark. Whilst many large retailers (including all major supermarkets) and caterers (e.g. Costa Coffee, Starbucks) are now selling Fairtrade foods,     there is much room for growth within the Fairtrade market, including within the      University
  • PURE is willing to liaise with national Fairtrade campaign groups to promote Fairtrade and is committed to campaign for Southampton University to be awarded Fairtrade status. PURE will aim to source and provide Fairtrade literature and products for sale and use at the University as well as to publicise the benefits of Fairtrade and the Trade Justice Movement. PURE will also continue to run events and campaigns annually during        Fairtrade fortnight as well as at other times. PURE will aim to, at all times, work with the Union and University to these ends
  • In the light of the above notes it is appropriate to support the trade justice movement and move towards this University gaining Fairtrade status
  • Promoting the sale of Fairtrade products alone is not sufficient to affect the larger         problems of the global trading system. The University should take an active stance on       this issue through wider forums such as the Southampton Fairtrade City Group and the ‘Make Trade Fair’ campaign
  • There are large numbers of consumers at this university who consume large quantities of tea, coffee and chocolate on a daily basis. By building awareness of the inequalities of trade, and the implications of their buying decisions, Fairtrade empowers people to challenge the ways that trade works: every member of this university can make socially responsible choices and affect global change
  • Becoming a Fairtrade University will also help to promote cultural and social awareness among the students and staff through: the increased understanding of how our actions can affect people thousands of miles away; the education regarding different cultures and societies that knowledge of Fairtrade issues brings; the increased feeling of unity between Fairtrade producers and students and staff as consumers
  • Trade liberalisation, enforced by the World Trade Organisation makes it increasingly difficult for small traders to compete. ‘Free trade’ is supposedly in the interests of increased competition but when multinational companies are able to benefit from subsidies and protections denied to small economies, this competition is unfair. Trade is a powerful engine of economic growth. However, it can also fuel massive inequalities
  • Fairtrade alternatives to existing non-Fairtrade products are competitively priced and equal in quality, yet guarantee the producer a fair wage
  • The Fairtrade movement has been one of the most powerful responses to the problems facing commodity producers. It gives consumers an opportunity to use their purchasing power to tilt the balance, however slightly, in favour of the poor. This means producers receive a fair price for their goods (one that covers the cost of production and guarantees a sustainable living); long-term contracts which provide real security; and, for many, support to gain the knowledge and skills that they need to develop their businesses and increase sales
  • The Students’ Union will create a Fairtrade policy aiming to incorporate the following    goals:
    Sorry, there are no Mandates for this policy