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Food and Fair Trade

In partnership with Edinburgh Napier Student's Association we retained Fairtrade University status in September 2015.  A great accolade, one we first gained in 2009.  Retaining the status, we have demonstrated that we have a Fair Trade Policy in place (the Policy was ratified annually by the Environmental Sustainability Advisory Group); provide Fairtrade accredited coffee and tea is provided through all catering outlets and at all meetings and events; sell a wide range of products at all outlets (notably in the 1st floor café at Sighthill) and increase awareness of fair trade through information displays, campaigns and events.

Read our fair trade accreditation document for a full overview of all aspects of our work and view our certificate.  There are a vast range of fair trade products out there.  All t-shirts, hoodies and sweatpants sold through the Development and External Relations Team are Fairtrade accredited.

Between ESAG and our Fair Trade Advisory Group we encourage all staff and students to take an active interest in fair trade and sustainable and ethical procurement overall.  If you would like to help promote Fair Trade at Edinburgh Napier contact Jamie Pearson.  For more information overall regarding catering at Edinburgh Napier read the Catering intranet pages.  Our Fairtrade status will be reassessed again using the new assessment criteria.


If you're unsure what fair trade or indeed Fairtrade means, visit the Scottish Fair Trade Forum or Fairtrade Foundation websites for more information.

Food for Life

We are currently investigating the Food for Life programme at the University, to gain a greater appreciation of what we already do, and what we don't do in terms of fair, ethical and local food procurement and consumption across all campuses.   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, ratified by the Principal's Executive Group (now named the University Leadership Team) in November 2014.