The University of Jyväskylä is a Fair Trade University

Fair Trade University title is awarded by the Fair Trade association in recognition of the university’s ethical responsibility and its commitment to acting according to the sustainable development principles.

Fair Trade awards the title for a year at a time and its renewal requires constant improvement. The University of Jyväskylä has attained the Fair Trade University title for 2017 as well. The first time that the title was awarded was 2014.

The Fair Trade association was especially thanking the University of Jyväskylä for the wide selection of Fair Trade products that campus restaurants have. Particularly, restaurants have procured a delightfully large amount of Fair Trade coffee and tofu. Also communication about Fair Trade was taken well into consideration in the university’s responsibility communication. Additionally, in 2016 has seen many new units to commit to the project. These are Jyväskylä University School of Business and Economics, IDESCO, Varkaat, Jyväskylä University Library, Jyväskylä University Museum and Finnish Institute for Educational research.

Fair Trade ensures a fair wage for the producers and farmers and aims at decreasing poverty with the help of trade. The use of child labour is prohibited.  The additional income from Fair Trade allows community development projects, such as building schools and health care centres.

In order to be awarded the Fair Trade University title, the university has to commit to the promotion of the usage of ethical products in its units and subject associations. Fair Trade Universities have made a commitment to support Fair Trade and the use Fair Trade products. In its events, the university increases awareness about Fair Trade and the benefits it brings to the farmers of the Global South. The Fair Trade title communicates to the students and other stakeholders about the university’s global responsibility.

Fair University Coordinator
Anna Zumegen, anna.s.zumegen@student.jyu.fi

Units committed to the project:

Restaurants

Ilokivi
Ravintola Libri
Tilia
Lozzi
Piato
Syke
Uno
Wilhelmiina
Ylistö and Kvarkki

Faculties

Humanities
Education
Social sciences
Mathematics and Science
Jyväskylä School of Business and Economics

Departments

History and Ethnology
Languages
Music
Centre for Applied Language Studies
Art and Culture Studies
Communication
Education
Teacher Education
Psychology
Social sciences and Philosophy
Biological and Environmental Science
Physics
Chemistry
Mathematics and statistics

Subject Associations

Abakus
Asterix
Corpus
Emile
Fokus
Guberna
Imago
Jano
Lööppi
Magna Carta
Mephisto
Nefa
Otsoni
Parku
Pedaali
Puolue
Pörssi
Sane
Sporticus
Stimulus
Sturm und Drang
Syrinx
Tosine
Trioli
United Language Students
Varkaat
Viito!
Ynnä

Student Associations

AIESEC Jyväskylä
IDESCO
UN Association of Jyväskylä

Council Groups

The Green Students of JYY
Jyviva, the Green Left of the University of Jyväskylä

Other units

Finnish Institute for Educational Research
Jyväskylä University Library
Jyväskylä University Museum
University Services
University Shop Soppi