Published: 22nd April 2008
ETHICAL decision-making has earned the University its first Fairtrade accreditation.
Students and staff now have access to a wide range of Fairtrade teas, coffees and snacks at catering outlets across all campuses, including cakes, biscuits and chocolate.
The move towards ethical products has been driven by the Campus and Residential Services department which runs the university’s catering division and the Student Union.
Welcoming the recognition by the Fairtrade Association, Vice-Chancellor Professor John Brooks thanked staff and students for their passionate advocacy of Fairtrade. He said: "Universities are forward looking organisations and we must be driven by the views of our students and staff.
"The University Governors fully support a range of sustainability policies to transform the university and Fairtrade is symbolic of a lot of changes you are going to see in the future."
Muhammad Jiwani, President of MMU Student Union, said: "MMSU is delighted that the University is taking these issues seriously. Fairtrade is crucial to both people in the developing world and to the sustainability of our planet."
A commitment to Fairtrade is one of numerous sustainability initiatives, including the appointment of an Environmental Officer and a commitment to environmentally-friendly building work.