We’ve been a Fairtrade university since 2009, and are committed to using and promoting Fairtrade products in our food, drink and retail outlets across campus.
Each year we celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight to highlight the positive impact of Fairtrade on communities around the world. This year's Fairtrade Fortnight will run from Monday 24 February through to Sunday 8 March, and will feature a range of giveaways, talks, tasting events and competitions for you to enjoy.
Remember to bring a reusable cup to all events, as we will not be giving out disposable cups - this is part of our ongoing efforts to reduce single-use waste.
Find out more about each of our Fairtrade Fortnight events:
- Monday 24 February, 10.30am to 11.30am and 1.30pm to 3pm: Fairtrade Fortnight Launch, The Parade
Celebrate the start of Fairtrade Fortnight, learn more about Fairtrade and enjoy free Fairtrade tea, coffee and hot chocolates. Visit the stand on the Parade, outside Claverton Rooms, to take part in our Fairtrade quiz, and find out how Fairtrade impacts the lives of producers around the world.
- Tuesday 25 February, all day: Fairtrade Giveaway, across campus
Enjoy a free Fairtrade treat in selected outlets when you purchase a mocha or hot chocolate.
- Thursday 27 February, 11am to 2pm: Fairtrade Takeover, The Patch
Taste free samples from Fairtrade and sustainable suppliers, learn more about shopping ethically, and have all of your questions on Fairtrade answered. Suppliers include Tony’s Chocolonely, Flawsome Drinks, Essentials, Divine, Bidfood and Cotswold Fudge.
- Thursday 27 February, 2.45pm to 3.45pm: Tony's Chocolonely 'Slavery and Chocolate' Talk, 3E 3.5
Shockingly, at least 30,000 people are victims of trafficking and are enslaved within the cocoa industry. Learn how chocolatiers at Tony’s Chocolonely are on a mission to make 100% slave-free the norm in chocolate. Visitors can enjoy a free Fairtrade hot drink and a free Tony’s Chocolonely bar.
- Monday 2 March, 1pm to 2.45pm: Fairtrade Producer 'Women of Fairtrade' Talk, 3E 2.4
We are delighted to welcome Gloria María Talavera González, a Fairtrade producer from Nicaragua, for a talk about the difference Fairtrade has made to her life. Louise Whitaker, Group Sustainability Manager at Bewley’s, will present on her visit to SOPPEXCCA giving particular focus to the role of women in coffee growing communities and the impact of economically-empowered women on community development. Barney Smyth, Partnership Manager at the Fairtrade Foundation will be presenting about this year’s campaign, what makes the Fairtrade certification unique, and the impact that Fairtrade has had for different producer organisations in coffee growing regions across the world. Enjoy free Fairtrade hot drinks and cake as you listen to these inspiring speakers.
- Tuesday 3 March, 12.30pm to 2.30pm: Stories of Fairtrade, Bath Central Library
Book your tickets here for this enlightening talk from experienced Fairtrade speakers. Claire Liboureau, Partnership Manager at Fairtrade, will be talking about the story of cocoa farmers so far and how, with the She Deserves campaign, Fairtrade is helping to create a new story. Gloria María Talavera González, a Fairtrade producer from Nicaragua, will be telling her story about the difference that Fairtrade has made to her life. Nicola Matthews, Head of Marketing at Tony's Chocolonely, will be sharing the story of how Tony's Chocolonely is on a mission to make 100% slave free the norm in chocolate. Attendees can also enjoy free Fairtrade hot drinks, and a free Tony's Chocolonely mini bar.
- Friday 6 March, 9am to 5pm: Fairtrade Freebie Challenge, @uniofbath
Keep an eye on the University's social media channels to answer quiz questions in exchange for the chance to win a hamper of Fairtrade goodies!