UBC Attains Fair Trade Campus Status

Congratulations to the University of British Columbia for being named Canada’s first “Fair Trade Campus”. The designation, the result of a collaboration between the university, students and UBC’s Engineers Without Borders chapter, is a designation given by Transfair Canada recognizing universities how have made a significant commitment to purchasing Fair Trade.

UBC spends more than $8.5 million annually to feed its Vancouver campus’ average daily population of 70,000. This highlights the buying power large instutitions possess. When this buying power is harnessed for the good of growers and producers, the impact can be huge.

Discovery sells to several of UBC’s student dining halls, as well as the student food co-op Sprouts. While our focus has been on helping UBC increase their local food purchases, we are also excited to announce that next week, UBC Food Services will be producing their first Fair Trade Ponderosa Cake, made with Organic Fair Trade bananas from BOS co-op in Peru.

Other UBC Fair Trade products and suppliers include Discovery Enclosure Partner Ethical Bean coffee, Zhena’s Gypsy Tea, and Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate bars. Learn more about UBC, a living laboratory for research and action on sustainability, at: www.sustain.ubc.ca

UBC Fair Trade statistics (2010-2011):

  • 8,975 kg of coffee, or nearly 1,436,000 eight oz. cups of coffee
  • Approx. 429,000 tea bags
  • More than 2300 chocolate bars
  • More than 1,885 kg of bananas

Next Wednesday, May 11th, Discovery will be out at UBC, handing out samples and speaking about our work in Fair Trade at the Bookstore Plaza, see the poster below.

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