The future of Sweatshop Free
Where are we now?
What is Procurement?
Procurement is about everything the university buys for use in our day to day life on campus. While the incredible success of campaigns for Fairtrade Universities means that campus shops and cafes sell Fairtrade produce, the ethical consideration going into what universities buy lags way behind, often restricted to Fairtrade tea and coffee in staff meetings.
The success of the movement for Fairtrade Universities, pioneered by People & Planet groups around the UK, shows students’ passion for respecting human rights in supply chains, and their willpower to use their universities to tackle exploitation. The speedy implementation of Fairtrade policies indicates that this is a desire held by university staff and student unions too.
When Brookes became the world’s first Fairtrade University, it was an important step towards large institutions recognising their global responsibility… And we were proud to be able to initiate a wave of Fairtrade Universities throughout the UK…The awareness that this is raising among the students and staff at the university will help make a better future for producers in the developing world.
Rex Knight, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Oxford Brookes University.
Where can we go next?
The potential for a movement to tackle the exploitation of workers in the Global South and challenge corporate neglect of human rights has never been greater.
The timeline below shows how far we have come and how much further we can go if we harness this desire for human rights and Fairtrade, and turn it into a force for change.