The University of Leeds has held Fairtrade University status since 2005. Awarded by the Fairtrade Foundation, this reflects the Universities commitment to promoting and supporting Fairtrade.

2005 saw an annual spend of £45,000 on Fairtrade produce and was the first year the University gained Official Fairtrade Status. The process had multiple decision makers and channels of influence; Head of Procurement; Chaplaincy; People and Planet; Catering and Purchasing management; Environmental steering group; Post graduate student; and a member of LUU Executive.

As part of this commitment The University of Leeds hold a bi-annual Fairtrade Craft Fair with stalls operated by Fairtrade approved groups, staff, and local companies. The Fair began in 2007 with 15 stalls but has now grown to over 30 stalls for the event on Friday 7th March 2014. The donations from the University have contributed towards various projects, such as medical equipment for the Windward Islands Farmers’ Association (WINFA).

This year’s event takes place during Fairtrade Fortnight 2014 (24 February – 9 March), and marks the launch of a unique campaign that aims to transform the banana industry to ensure those at the sharp end of the supply chain, the millions of struggling banana farmers and workers, get a fair deal.

The stallholders attending the Fair will be offering a wide spectrum of Fairtrade and Homemade Crafts: delicious cakes, jewellery, hand knitted clothing, skincare products, plants, cufflinks, hats, shawls, recipe tips and much, much more.

Great Food at Leeds will also be there, offering delicious Banana Bread and Homemade Lemonade made from the finest ingredients by our expert chefs, as well as information on how the University contributes to Fairtrade and our commitment to ethically sourced ingredients.

We will be introducing the stallholders throughout the Fairtrade Fortnight on the MEETinLEEDS Twitter account, so please re-tweet to your hearts content and let’s make it the best Fair to date!

Come and join us at Parkinson Court on Friday 7th March 2014. If you would like to get involved in the Fair please contact Ryan Johnson:r.l.b.johnson@leeds.ac.uk

You can find out more about Fairtrade and how to get involved at:http://foncho.fairtrade.org.uk/#how-to-help