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Fair Trade

Concordia became a Fair Trade Campus on August 30th, 2016...

And was finalist for this year’s Campus of the Year!

Campus of the Year - Finalist2

September 24-28: Fair Trade Campus Week 2018

Fair Trade Campus Week (FTCW) is an important awareness initiative across the country underlining how university and colleges can support better conditions for producers around the world.

Here's a look at this year's FTCW activities:

FTCW Calendar 2018_3

What does it mean to be a Fair Trade Campus?

This status is granted by l’Association québécoise du commerce équitable, Fairtrade Canada and the Canadian Fair Trade Network (CFTN) to colleges and universities that prioritize availability and visibility of fair trade products, and promote fair trade values.

We are proud that all residence dining halls, non-franchised campus cafés and student-run cafés at Concordia offer:

Did you know?

banana concordia

Concordia is the first Canadian campus to offer 100% fair trade bananas in all its University Food Services outlets. Bananas are supplied by local Fairtrade-certified fruit importer Equifruit, Inc. The fruit comes from El Guabo, a cooperative of small producers in Ecuador.

This sugar provides safe water

Additionally, since the fall of 2017, Concordia Food Services are committed to purchasing 100% fair trade sugar. This sugar comes from the Maduvira Cooperative in Paraguay. 

What is the impact of being designated a Fair Trade Campus?

  • It is an effective way to formalize and to continue to build the University’s commitment to fair trade;
  • It involves increasing the scope and availability of fair trade products on campus;
  • It provides an opportunity to further awareness and to extend discussions on social sustainability.

Why do we need fair trade?

Fair trade's mission is to ensure decent working conditions, as well as fair terms of trade. In other words, fair trade contributes to the empowerment of rural populations around the world.

For more details on fair trade and its impact visit Fairtrade Canada’s website.

Where can I find fair trade products at Concordia?

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