In October the University of Tampere became the first Fair Trade University in Finland. This title can be conferred upon a university which commits itself to making its procurements more ethical and to promoting fair trade in its own activities.
At the University of Tampere all faculties and 18 student associations have introduced Fair Trade tea and coffee, and they are also available in all University cafeterias.
“Tampere is showing the rest of Finland an example of ethical consumption for the second time, as it was the city of Tampere which first received the title of Fair Trade Town,” says Pirjo Virtaintorppa, managing director of the association for the promotion of fair trade products.
“Ethical consumption has been promoted at the University for over ten years, so the first title of Fair Trade university went to the right institution,” she continues.
“We are extremely happy to be the first in Finland to receive the title of Fair Trade university. The University of Tampere is proud to bear the responsibility for well-being worldwide,” says Rector Kaija Holli.
The Fair Trade University and Fair Trade School campaigns involve the association for the promotion of fair trade, SAKKI the student organization for those in vocational training, SAMOK, the Union of Students in Finnish Universities of Applied Sciences, SYL the National Union of University Students in Finland and SLL, the Union of Finnish Upper Secondary School Students and Pro Fair Trade Finland, Repu.