The Fairtrade mark ensures the farmers are guaranteed a minimum price, decent working conditions and investment is made into their local communities. Aston University has been a Fairtrade University since 2007.
We ensure that Fairtrade products are available in as many places as possible on campus; look out for Fairtrade coffee, snacks, juices and clothing in catering outlets across campus.
We also hold a series of events each year during Fairtrade Fortnight; in the past we’ve done wine tasting, promotional stalls, baking competitions and even made Fairtrade smoothies by pedal power!
In accordance with our accreditation as a Fairtrade University, we advise all departments to initially consider products that are Fairtrade (or equivalent) certified before finally choosing their preferred product. This includes departments who have a uniform: Fairtrade cotton uniforms should be looked into using one of the University's preferred suppliers.
You can find the University's Ethical Investment Policy here. Any person with good reason to believe that Aston University is conducting its investments other than in accordance with the policy, may report their concerns through the Aston University whistle blowing process.
The Sustainability Team have a target to map the supply chain of one of its main suppliers a year. This year the team are focusing on Thorlux Lighting, our main provider of light fittings. The team have conducted a number of factory tours at their main site in Redditch, UK to learn more about how the fittings are made and tested as well as learn more about it's supply chain. The following are some documents of Thorlux's environmental credentials as well as a map showing the locations of all the suppliers they use. The Sustainability Team will be looking to obtain further details of how they work with other organisations within their supply chain including gaining further information on these separate organisations.