Since 2007 Manchester Met have been committed to a campaign to be recognised as a Fairtrade University.
To continue being recognised by the Fairtrade Foundation, the University must meet their five goals in order for the Fairtrade status to be renewed. This renewal happens every two years and each time we aim to improve on the previous renewal.
We are pleased to announce that the University has gained Fairtrade University status for 2016-17.
As well as stocking products, having a policy statement and steering group we must also organise campaigns, which we do every Fairtrade Fortnight. Each year, teams across the university come together to organise activities to promote the positive impact of Fairtrade on producers and communities.
This year saw the Environment Team and Food & Drink host a Big Fairtrade Breakfast, which coincided with the monthly cyclist breakfast which saw over 80 cyclists from the Corridor join our staff and students for breakfast in the Business School.
MetMUnch launched their first ever Breakfast Club at the event. Their campaign is to make sure staff and students at Manchester Met eat breakfast every day. Students prepared a wide selection of healthy breakfast samples to give away all made using Fairtrade ingredients. Staff and students stopped by to try the samples, answer questions on Fairtrade, and discuss their breakfast habits with MetMUnch’s undergraduate nutritionists.
Sport held their annual ‘Staff vs Student’ football match in Crewe played with a Bala Sport Fairtrade football. Half-time snacks were provided by Food & Drink and the winning team shared a hamper put together by the Environment Team – all products Fairtrade of course. The match ended with a score of 9 – 3 to the students. Well done to all involved.
Other events included Crewe Library’s Fairtrade Competition and Marketing, Communication and Development’s Fairtrade Bake Off.
On Manchester Met’s efforts, the Fairtrade Foundation said: “You have done extremely well! An incredible amount of energy invested here into the various campaigns that you have run. Each of these events contribute a huge amount to the goal of growing Fairtrade awareness within the wider community and the University itself.”
Thank you to all those who continue to promote Fairtrade at Manchester Met and contribute to us gaining Fairtrade status each year.