College awarded Fairtrade Status

Staff and students at City of Wolverhampton are celebrating after the college achieved Fairtrade status for its commitment to helping farmers in poorer countries get a better deal.

The college has been awarded Fairtrade Status in recognition of the wide range of products used and sold across the campuses.

In awarding the status, Fairtrade officers praised the college’s “brilliant work” over the last few years in increasing Fairtrade sales and hosting regular campaigns.

The college has introduced Fairtrade food into all of its canteens, shops and café areas and organised a number of events including a talk by Palestinian olive farmer Mohammad Rsheid, an active member of the Palestine Fair Trade Association.

Student Projects Officer Lucy Bennett said: “Over the last few years we have worked hard to integrate Fairtrade into all areas of college life and we are delighted to achieve this accolade.”

In order for a college to gain fair-trade status it must meet five goals, including making sure Fairtrade products are available for sale in all campus shops, using Fairtrade products at meetings, setting up a Fairtrade steering group, raising awareness of Fairtrade and passing a Fairtrade policy statement.


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