We recognise the environmental and social implications of procuring and providing food on campus and have developed a Sustainable Food Policy to manage our operations effectively.
All food suppliers are provided with a copy of the Sustainable Food Policy and we work together to ensure the objectives are met.
Edge Hill first achieved Fairtrade University Status in September 2011 by meeting five goals set out by the Fairtrade Foundation and we have demonstrated improvements each year since in order to maintain accreditation. The status acknowledges the commitment the University has made to ethical trading by making products with the Fairtrade mark available on campus.
GOAL 1: A Fairtrade Policy has been ratified by both the University and Students’ Union incorporating the five goals laid out by the Fairtrade Foundation.
GOAL 2: All vending coffee, hot chocolate and sugar are Fairtrade. Vending tea is Rainforest Alliance. All bean-to-cup machines serve Fairtrade coffee. We stock The London Tea Company teabags, which include Fairtrade Earl Grey, English Breakfast, Peppermint and Green Tea. A selection of Fairtrade chocolate, cakes, snacks and drinks are available from catering outlets across campus. Fairtrade wine is also available at The Red Bar.
GOAL 3: All events, meetings and conferences that request hospitality through Edge Hill’s catering team are served Fairtrade tea, coffee and sugar as standard. Fairtrade orange juice and snacks are also available to purchase.
GOAL 4: Campaigns in 2021/22 included Fairtrade Freshers Week, Fairtrade Bake Off, product tasting sessions, Fairtrade breakfasts, Fairtrade apparel sold in the SU Shop and fairly traded and ethical market stalls.
GOAL 5: A Fairtrade Steering Group meets at least once per term and has representation from the Students’ Union, Catering and University staff.