Fair Trade UC Berkeley
Welcome to the UC Berkeley campaign page to be a Fair Trade University! UC Berkeley was established in 1868, when the private Collge of California and public Agriculture, Mining and Mechanical Arts College merged. Student organizing is sewn in to the social fabric of UC Berkeley, well known for the student-led Free Speech Movement and the Anti-Vietnam War Movement. With roots in agriculture and students and faculty from around the world, the UC Berkeley campaign should come as no surprise. The purpose of this campaign is to ensure the sourcing of fair trade products, so that workers in factories and farms around the world receive living wages, enabling proper education of their children, and thus shining the light on the way U.S. Free Trade displaces the true cost of goods onto individuals and families in these countries.
(Creative Commons photo by John Morgan via Flickr)
Build Your Team
The Fair Trade committee provides leadership and direction for your campaign.
Reach out to Campus Outlets
Work with vendors and food service providers to offer at least two Fair Trade products (e.g. coffee, tea, sugar, gifts) in each outlet on campus.
Source Fair Trade at Events & Meetings
Serve up Fair Trade coffee, tea and other products in offices, at events and through catering.
Commit to Fair Trade Education
Sponsor Fair Trade educational events and activities on campus and work with faculty to bring Fair Trade into the classroom.
Pass Fair Trade Resolution
Draw up a resolution that reflects the college/university’s commitment to Fair Trade and pass it through the appropriate decision-making bodies for approval.