The award to Wadham and five other Oxford colleges (Christ Church, Lady Margaret Hall, The Queens, Keble and University) was made at the Environmental Association of University and Colleges annual conference at Keele University.
Joanna Milis, Education Campaigns Manager from the Fairtrade Foundation said: “NUS tells us that 90% of students say they want to buy more products that don’t harm the people that produce them and 84% say they trust the Fairtrade Mark the most of all product marks. There is a huge appetite amongst students to understand the impact of the products they buy and to buy ethically sourced products. It is important to enable students to have access to information about this at a time when there are forming their values and habits for life.”
This new award is designed to encourage partnership between sustainability, catering and academic staff in institutions, working with students to raise awareness of ethical consumption.
University of Oxford Head of Environmental Sustainability, Harriet Waters commented: “I’m delighted that we’ve made a start on getting comprehensive support for Fairtrade which we would never have achieved without the interest of students and colleges.
Working with our students, Wadham will be organising a number of Fairtrade initiatives over the coming months, including celebrating Fairtrade Fortnight again next Spring.