Imperial is showing its support for Fairtrade by receiving a visit from the Fairtrade foundation, the focus of which will be a visit by Fairtrade growers. Over Christmas the College changed its catering outlets to include Fairtrade products, with coffee from the SCR and departmental common rooms now all branded Cafédirect.
Imperial is committed to achieving "Fairtrade University" status, which requires that Fairtrade alternatives are available for all products sold, with refreshments provided at meetings also being Fairtrade. In order to achieve this goal ICU must also follow the same guidelines: a paper on Fairtrade will be considered at the next Council.
As part of Fairtrade Fortnight, which takes place from 26th February to 11th March, tomorrow (27th Feb) will see a visit by Fatima Lopez, a coffee taster from Nicaragua, who will give a talk on the effect Fairtrade has had on her community. Before this free coffee and Fairtrade snacks will be available in the MDH and Ante Room, with a panel discussion after the talk including various people involved with Fairtrade.
Imperial is one of only two universities to receive this visit, the other being Oxford Brookes which was the first Fairtrade University.
The day will proceed as follows:
10:00-11:30: Coffee morning with film footage in the MDH & Ante Room, with free coffee and Fairtrade snacks for all
12:00-13:30: Introduction from Fatima on her life in Nicaragua and how the Fairtrade way of working has benefited her and her community
Followed by: Panel discussion with Q&As, including:
- Fatima Lopez, Head Coffee Taster, Prodecoop, Nicaragua
- Robert Ekiku, Group Manager, Igara Growers Tea Factor, Bushenyi, Ugana
- Martin Hill, Head of Commerical Relations, Fairtrade Foundation
- Jane Neary, Head of Catering, Imperial College
- Kirsty Patterson, Fairtrade Steering Group, Imperial College
- Adrian O'Hare, Peros Ltd
If you have questions on the Faitrade process, Imperial's route to Faitrade University status or anything else Fairtrade-related then come along at 12:00 to hear about it and ask some questions.
A number of other Fairtrade events will take place during Fairtrade fortnight, including:
- Wednesday 28th Feb & 7th Mar, 12pm-2pm: "Beat the Goalie" Competition - Jon Matthews and Stephen Brown will don Fairtrade gloves, with Fairtrade prizes if you manage to kick the ball
atpast their heads.
- Saturday 3rd March: Beit Hall Bakeoff - Teams of Beit Hall residents will bake items using Fairtrade ingredients, with the winning entry being recreated in the MDH for a week.
Many more things are happening, check the Fairtrade Society Website for more details.