Capilano University Named Canada's 21st Fairtrade Campus

Capilano University and Chartwells hosted a celebration of food services Fairtrade designation, February 7, 2017. Having our University designated as a Fairtrade Campus fully aligns with our vision for CapU.

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"Fairtrade continues to take hold in Canada, thanks to universities such as Capilano," says Sean McHugh, executive director of the Canadian Fairtrade Network. "The impact that our everyday purchases have on the world are often complicated, as supply chains stretch around the globe. That's what makes this designation and commitment so exciting through sourcing and selling Fairtrade products, we can be sure that producers on the other end were paid fairly."

When we talk to the student body about sustainability, food and the environment are consistently top of mind. Our students want to support the University in integrating more environmentally and socially sustainable practices into our purchasing efforts and food services. Fairtrade certification provides those assurances.

The Universitys food and beverage services committee worked to ensure CapU offers Fairtrade certified products.

Chartwells provides food services at Capilano University, and we value their commitment and support in reaching our Fairtrade designation. As a leader in the foodservice industry, Chartwells is positioned to influence the broader market to expand the availability of, and increase the demand for Fairtrade products.

"Congratulations to Capilano University on becoming Canadas 21st Fairtrade Campus!" says Mélissa Dubé, outreach manager for Fairtrade Canada. "It's exciting to welcome CapU into the Fairtrade family where we work together in achieving fair terms of trade for farmers and workers of the Global South. Everyone involved should be very proud of this accomplishment."

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