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Food and Fair Trade


The University’s catering ethos is to maintain a balance with objectives and social and environmental responsibilities. We are proud to sell a number of Fair Trade products and work with local suppliers.

We have developed a Sustainable Food Policy and we are working to meet our commitments. Procurement of food is also covered through our Environmental Sustainability Policy​.

We held Fairtrade University status from 2009 to 2017 and provide Fairtrade tea and coffee across all our campuses.

Coffee Conscience

Ou​r Coffee Conscience products are Fair Trade, bought locally and shipped on a weekly basis using carbon-neutral transport – fresh and eco-friendly! Our Sighthill cafe, venue, was the first cafe to launch the new Tea Conscience range, introducing seven flavours packed in fuso bags made of biodegradable mesh. All tea is Fair Trade and blended and packed in Edinburgh using local suppliers.

To date, Coffee Conscience has raised funding for more than 4,000 fruit trees, with a total of 221 directly from Edinburgh Napier University. Orchards are planted throughout Scotland and Northern England, with orchards located locally in the Lothian & Fife regions. Each apple tree planted could yield up to 100kg of apples annually for local community food and for wildlife. 

The working partnership of Coffee Conscience and Edinburgh Napier University has been successful over the past 6 years in delivering social, environmental, and community responsibility. It truly is a partnership where ‘every cup makes a difference’ whilst benefitting Fairtrade in developing countries and local community projects.​

Social Bite

In October 2018, Social Bite became a sandwich supplier for our campuses. Founded in 2012, Social Bite provides free food and drink to around 150 homeless people a day across Scotland. 

Meat Free Mondays

In January 2019, the University launched ‘Meat Free Mondays’ across all campuses, committing to offering only vegetarian and vegan options for cooked lunches every Monday.

Fairtrade Fortnight

We celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight by inviting Fairtrade partner organisations to campus to explain to staff and students about the ethical, local Fairtrade products they supply the University with. We are committed to increasing the awareness of Fair Trade through information displays, campaigns and events.

For more information on our food offering, please visit the catering pages of the staff intranet.