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14th March 2012, 10:22am
Fairtrade University status for Lincoln
A cup of coffee The University of Lincoln has won Fairtrade University status for its commitment to promoting ethical trade.

The title has been awarded by the Fairtrade Foundation in recognition of the work done over recent years to ensure ethically-sourced products are stocked in cafes and shops around campus, and to encourage staff and student to consider the origins of goods they buy.

In order to become a Fairtrade University, institutions must achieve five goals, including development of a policy to support Fairtrade and establishment of a steering group to promote this work. They must make sure that Fairtrade products are stocked in as many on-campus cafes, restaurants and shops as possible, as well as organise events to raise awareness of how the campaign brings benefits to producers in developing countries.

The University of Lincoln has held a series of promotional events, including film screenings, a blog, a Fairtrade football match and information stands at the Freshers' Fair selling ethically-sourced products.

Dan Clayton, Environment Sustainability Manager at the University of Lincoln, said: "The University has worked hard to promote Fairtrade over a number of years. It's great that the Fairtrade Foundation has recognised this activity and awarded Fairtrade University status."

News that the University had secured the status came shortly after staff and students marked Fairtrade Fortnight with a series of awareness-raising activities. It included a debate, a film screening and a promotional stall in the University shop.

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