Ethical catering

  • Life water and Smart Water making "One Difference"

    Water bought on campus funds drinking water well in West Bengal. 
    Enough bottles of Life Water have been sold across the University’s various catering outlets to fund the building of a well in Haribashar, West Bengal – a state in the North East of India. The well will benefit a community of over 2000 people who previously had to walk over an hour a day to collect water from neighbouring villages.
    Having a clean provision of water now means that the community no longer have to face the threat of water-borne illnesses and can focus upon livelihoods, education and family life. 
    As part of its commitment to using sustainable and Fairtrade food, Food at Brookes pledged to sell at least one charitable water across the University’s campuses. For every bottle of Life Water sold, the ethical bottled water company, via their partner charity Drop4Drop, funds the delivery of 1000 litres of clean drinking water to communities in need around the world.

    Smart Water is our second Charity water and sales from these go to the Drop4Drop foundation to fund further water wells globally.

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    Animal welfare

    Following the recent coverage on poultry breeding Catering Services would like to assure you that our purchasing policy on animal welfare endorses the Five Freedoms concept proposed by the Farm Animal Welfare Council (FAWC) which are:

    • Freedom from thirst, hunger and malnutrition
    • Freedom from discomfort
    • Freedom from pain, injury or disease
    • Freedom from fear and distress
    • Freedom to display most normal patterns of behaviour
    • All fresh poultry purchased through our approved suppliers is British Farm assured
    • Red Tractor certified - The Red Tractor is an independent mark of quality that guarantees the food we’re buying comes from farms and food companies that meet high standards of food safety and hygiene, animal welfare and environmental protection. For more information please visit the red tractor website


    Good Egg Award

    In May 2009 Oxford Brookes Catering Services received a Good Egg Award from Compassion in World Farming for committing to using free range eggs. The Good Egg Awards celebrate companies in the EU who are switching to barn or free-range eggs, instead of eggs from caged hens and Oxford Brookes were the first university to be nominated.

    The awards are set to benefit over 15 million laying hens every year. Further details about the award and the companies that have received it can be found at the good egg award website

    Good Chicken Award

    In November 2010 Catering Services were awarded the Good Chicken Award. This award celebrates companies using or committed to using meat chickens reared in higher welfare systems. Put simply, we buy as much free-range or Freedom Chicken as we can.

    To date more than 239 million meat chickens will have their lives improved each year. Further details can be found at the Compassion in World Farming website


    We use:

    • Free-range eggs
    • Dolphin friendly tuna
    • 100% Fairtrade coffee 
    • Wholegrain, wholemeal and low GI bread
    • A selection of our sandwiches are organic, halal and gluten free
    • Fairtrade fruit juices
    • Low-fat mayonnaise
    • Salad bars are available at all campuses.
    • Fresh fruit and fruit salad are available at all campuses


    • Brookes was the first Fairtrade University
    • All coffee served at all campuses is Fairtrade.
    • We offer a selection of Fairtrade flapjacks, juices.
    • Profits from the Charity waters fund roundabout powered water pumps in Africa and West Bengal. We have already funded two wells.
    • All bananas are Fairtrade.
    • We also supply Fairtrade tea, hot chocolate, sugar and cups.
    • Fairtrade wines available from our Hospitality Brochures.
    • Fairtrade smoothies