We support a fair deal

Fair Trade Campus

Fairtrade is a third-party certification focused on ethical practices, supporting a fair deal for farmers and workers of the Global South. This is done through trading partnerships based on dialogue, transparency and respect.  

The Fair Trade Campus designation is a program of Fairtrade Canada that recognizes colleges and universities committed to fair trade. The University of Alberta achieved this designation for North Campus, South Campus and Campus Saint-Jean in January 2018.

Becoming a Fair Trade Campus 

  • All coffee served at university-operated vendors is now Fairtrade-certified.
  • University-operated vendors now offer at least three Fairtrade certified teas whenever tea is sold.
  • University-operated vendors now offer at least one Fairtrade certified chocolate bar whenever chocolate is sold. 
  • All coffee and tea served by university-operated catering is now Fairtrade certified.
  • Coffee served at major university events and high-level meetings will now be Fairtrade certified. 

Locations serving Fairtrade 

University-operated vendors include the following locations:

Additionally, Students’ Union operations are participating: 

Events serving Fairtrade

Major university events that will serve Fairtrade include: Orientation and Week of Welcome, Alumni Weekend, and meetings of the Board of Governors, General Faculties Council and University Senate. 

Steering Committee

Achieving Fair Trade Campus designation is a group effort. Thank you to the Steering Committee with members from: 

For more information:

Get involved

If you would like more information about fair trade or would like to get your office or event involved in the Fairtrade movement at UAlberta, please contact emso@ualberta.ca for more resources.

A guide to fair trade terminology

The term Fairtrade and the FAIRTRADE mark is a registered certification label for products sourced from producers in developing countries. Fairtrade offers producers a better deal and improved terms of trade. Look for this mark to ensure that a product is Fairtrade certified!


The Fair Trade Campus designation is not a certification, but a designation that acknowledges the leadership of Canadian colleges and universities.

Fair trade is a general term that is often defined as a trading partnership, based on dialogue, transparency and respect, which seeks greater equity in international trade.