We support a fair deal

Fair Trade Campus

Fairtrade is a third-party certification focused on ethical practices, supporting a fair deal for farmers and workers of the Global South. This is done through trading partnerships based on dialogue, transparency and respect.  

The Fair Trade Campus designation is a program of Fairtrade Canada that recognizes colleges and universities committed to fair trade. In 2017, the University of Alberta is pursuing the Fair Trade Campus designation for North Campus, South Campus and Campus Saint-Jean. A decision is expected to be announced in fall 2017. 

Becoming a Fair Trade Campus 

  • All coffee served at university-operated vendors is now Fairtrade certified.
  • University-operated vendors now offer at least three Fairtrade certified teas whenever tea is sold.
  • University-operated vendors now offer at least one Fairtrade certified chocolate bar whenever chocolate is sold. 
  • All coffee and tea served by university-operated catering is now Fairtrade certified.
  • Coffee served at major university events and high-level meetings will now be Fairtrade certified. 

Locations serving Fairtrade 

University-operated vendors include the following locations:

Additionally, Students’ Union operations are participating: 

Events serving Fairtrade

Major university events that will serve Fairtrade include: Orientation and Week of Welcome, Alumni Weekend, and meetings of the Board of Governors, General Faculties Council and University Senate. 

Steering Committee

Achieving Fair Trade Campus designation is a group effort. Thank you to the Steering Committee with members from: 

For more information:

Get involved

If you would like more information about fair trade or would like to get your office or event involved in the Fairtrade movement at UAlberta, please contact emso@ualberta.ca for more resources.

A guide to fair trade terminology

The term Fairtrade and the FAIRTRADE mark is a registered certification label for products sourced from producers in developing countries. Fairtrade offers producers a better deal and improved terms of trade. Look for this mark to ensure that a product is Fairtrade certified!


The Fair Trade Campus designation is not a certification, but a designation that acknowledges the leadership of Canadian colleges and universities.

Fair trade is a general term that is often defined as a trading partnership, based on dialogue, transparency and respect, which seeks greater equity in international trade.