Working together to support Fairtrade

Last week staff and students from across the university came together to show support for farmers during Fairtrade Fortnight. The theme this year was exploitation and we asked you to consider this while adding Fairtrade to our break!

There were a whole host of events over the fortnight organised by colleagues in the Environment Team, Marketing, Library, Catering and The Union. Fairtrade Breaks for all staff and students were held in Manchester and Cheshire offering free Fairtrade hot beverages and snacks while asking you to consider those who grow our produce.

In Cheshire a free film screening of Blood Diamond, which highlights a number of the issues linked to the theme of exploitation in supply chains was popular. On campus there was also Football and Netball matches with Fairtrade cotton t-shirts and balls stitched in Pakistan provide by Bala Sports. Winning teams received a Fairtrade Hampers provide by Peros our tea and coffee supplier.

Colleagues from the library in Crewe organised their annual competitions and book display for the fortnight. Over 100 students participated in their Fairtrade mugshot and t-shirt design competition with winners receiving Fairtrade goodies from their local Co-operative Food.

Our regular clothing and book exchange Pop Swap was held during the fortnight in the Holden Gallery with the aim to highlight exploitation in supply chains in the fashion industry. Over 40 participants got involved to swap pre-loved items for someone else’s.

Staff & students also got involved in a photo competition sharing images of their Fairtrade break and showing support for farmers across the globe, winners of the Fairtrade Hampers and entries can be found here.

We are still looking for contributions to our exhibition on the theme of exploitation and modern slavery, which will be held in the Link Gallery from the 2nd until 5th May. We are looking for existing or new work from staff and students more information here.

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