Bow Valley College is the recipient of the 2019 Fairtrade Canada Community Builder award! This award is given to the group who exemplified the spirit of partnership and community support by connecting to and mentoring the broader fair trade community. Thank you to all the learners, staff, and faculty who have supported Fair Trade at Bow Valley College. We are also grateful to Sodexo and Fair Trade Calgary for their extensive help
What is Fair Trade?
Fair Trade supports fairer conditions and better prices for people in the Global South who grow and make our products: whether it’s the coffee we drink, the cocoa in our chocolate, or the cotton in our t-shirts. Under Fair Trade, producers are paid a living wage, assured safe working conditions, and trained in environmentally responsible farming methods (Source: Fairtrade Canada).
The Fair Trade Campus Program recognizes colleges, CEGEPs and universities which have committed to Fair Trade products. Bow Valley College is working towards Fair Trade Campus designation.
How does Bow Valley College support Fair Trade?
We are working on multiple projects related to increasing awareness of Fair Trade, as well as increasing Fair Trade product availability at the College.
1) Fair Trade coffee breaks
Throughout the year, we host multiple events where we give out free samples of Fair Trade coffee and tea. This is a chance for students and staff to learn more about these products and where they come from.
2) Other events
Fair Trade is related to many aspects of sustainability, including the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. For this reason, we incorporate Fair Trade into various campus events, including International Development Week and Intercultural Week. In 2020, BVC Green also participated in the National Fair Trade Conference in Calgary.
3) Student Sustainability Ambassadors
As part of the Student Sustainability Ambassadors program, students are educated on Fair Trade, and given the opportunity to share their knowledge with other students. Learn more about the Student Sustainability Ambassadors here.
4) Fair Trade products
We are working on sourcing Fair Trade certified products for campus retail locations, including the Market and the Bookstore. More information about product availability will be shared shortly.
What can you do to help?
For starters, come to our Fair Trade events! Event details will be announced closer to the date. At our events, chat with us about Fair Trade and ask any questions you have.
Another way to help is to be a conscious consumer. When you’re shopping for products such as coffee, tea, and chocolate, look for the Fairtrade mark. Products with this mark meet high ethical and quality standards.
Where can you find out more about Fair Trade?
Learn more about Fairtrade Canada at www.fairtrade.ca. You can also read about the Canadian Fairtrade Awards here.
Please see our purchasing page to learn more about Bow Valley College's sustainable purchasing projects.
COMSA Cooperative, Honduras. Coffee farmer Mario Rodolfo Perez Manueles, near the city of Marcala in Honduras. From Fairtrade Canada