Catering, fairtrade and procurement

Surrey is a Fairtrade-accredited university and we have a Sustainable Procurement Policy which commits us to responsible purchasing, as well as a Catering Sustainability Policy and Action Plan.

Sustainable procurement

Our Sustainable Procurement Policy commits us to making procurement decisions based on environmental, social and economic factors. The Procurement department and Sustainability team are working together to deliver this through schemes such as internal furniture and IT reuse, promoting sustainable business travel, purchasing recycled paper and reducing the number of printers on campus.

Hospitality and catering

We have been working hard to embed sustainability across all of our catering outlets and, earlier this year, were awarded the Soil Association Food for Life Bronze award in both Heart & Soul and Wates House. Our Sustainable Food Action Plan outlines many of the other actions taken to reduce our impact on the environment. 

The University of Surrey is committed to being a Fairtrade university

Fairtrade is about guaranteeing disadvantaged producers in the developing world a fair and stable price for their products. This not only enables them to cover their costs but also provides them with a sustainable livelihood so that they can support their families, send their children to school and invest in a better future.

For further information, please visit the Fairtrade Foundation's website.

Commitment and policy

Fairtrade universities must show commitment to Fairtrade in five key areas:

  • The Students' Union and University have a Fairtrade Policy
  • Fairtrade foods are made available in all campus shops and used in cafes / restaurants / bars on campus
  • Fairtrade items are served at all meetings hosted by the University and the SU
  • There is a commitment to campaign for increased Fairtrade consumption
  • There is a Fairtrade Steering Group.

Surrey has been a Fairtrade University since 2007 and we published our Fairtrade Policy the same year. 

Get involved

The University has an active steering group which seeks to maintain the University’s Fairtrade accreditation and raise awareness of Fairtrade amongst our staff and students. The group is open to anyone who has an interest in this area and provides an opportunity to present and discuss ideas and get involved with running events. If you’d like to join or just to find out more about what we do then please email the steering group.

Buying Fairtrade

Choosing Fairtrade is easy - just look out for the Fairtrade mark; this is an independent consumer label shown on over 3,000 products which meet strict standards. A wide range of delicious Fairtrade food and drink is now available, including coffee, tea, cocoa, sugar, bananas, other fresh and dried fruit, juices, honey, cakes, preserves, nuts, oils, herbs, spices, rice, beer, rum, wine - the list just goes on and on... and it isn't limited to food and drink: Fairtrade flowers, cotton products, cosmetics, sports balls and even Fairtrade gold are also available.

Visit the Fairtrade website to find out more.

You can buy Fairtrade products in most supermarkets as well as many local health food and fair trade shops, cafes bars, restaurants, through catering suppliers, by mail and online. On campus at the moment, Fairtrade tea, coffee, sugar and snacks are available in most bars, cafes and restaurants and we're working hard to ensure more Fairtrade products are available across campus – if you’ve got any suggestions just let us know!