Brookes celebrates 15 years of championing Fairtrade

Friday, 09 March 2018

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On Thursday 8 March, to celebrate the national Fairtrade Fortnight, Oxford Brookes University hosted a free Fairtrade Lunch and Learn event and fair.

The University celebrated its status as the first Fairtrade University and this year’s events offered people the chance the gain an insight into the lives of Fairtrade farmers and workers.

The theme – Come on in to Fairtrade – offered the opportunity to learn more about Fairtrade and how it makes a difference to the lives of the people who make and grow the things we love.

The event was chaired by chef, broadcaster and writer Allegra McEvedy. Allegra, who is patron for the Fairtrade Foundation said: “It’s great to see the ongoing commitment to and championing of Fairtrade at Oxford Brookes University.

“Activities such as this lunch and learn event help to engage and inspire staff and students to make a positive difference now and long after they leave the University.”

Event goers heard from two guest speakers; Fairtrade coffee grower Ketra Kyosiimire from the Ankole Coffee Producers Cooperative Union LTD, Uganda gave an insight into her life and the impact Fairtrade has made and Oxford Brookes graduate Andy Showell-Rogers spoke about his Fairtrade clothing company Visible Clothing.

Wendy Vrij, Social Responsibility Engagement Officer at Oxford Brookes University said: “We’re proud of being the world’s first Fairtrade University and this year in particular we are celebrating 15 years of continued staff and student commitment to champion the value of Fairtrade at Oxford Brookes and beyond.”

More information about Oxford Brookes’ ethos on sourcing ethical and sustainable food and accreditations can be found on the Social Responsibility webpages.