The First Fair Trade University: University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh became first Fair Trade University in the U.S. in 2008 by making a commitment to do its part toward ending trade injustices that result in millions of people living in poverty.
UW Oshkosh’s four governing bodies endorsed a resolution outlining its commitment to: sell Fair Trade certified coffee, tea and chocolate in dining establishments, at catered functions and in department offices whenever feasible; offer Fair Trade certified food products and handicrafts at university stores whenever possible; and encourage students, faculty and staff to purchase the products.
“Sustainability goes well beyond being ‘green’,” said Chancellor Richard H. Wells. “It includes social justice as well. By becoming a Fair Trade University, UW Oshkosh is making a commitment to do our part toward helping producers and workers around the world achieve livable wages and humane working conditions. As a large institution, UW Oshkosh can play an important part in shaping the future and in supporting green practices on all levels.”