23 Oct 2013

Otago University gains Fair Tade recognition

7:27 pm on 23 October 2013

Otago University has become New Zealand's first Fair Trade university.

The supply chain brand promises to pay farmers a better price for commodities such as chocolate and coffee.

The accreditation granted by the Fair Trade Association of Australia and New Zealand means Otago University has signed up to offer Fair Trade designated products alongside other products throughout its campuses.

The university will also serve Fair Trade tea and coffee products as standard, and run a steering committee to encourage their take up by staff and students.

Otago University's Vice-Chancellor Harlene Hayne says the accreditation is proof the university acts in an ethically, socially and environmentally responsible manner.

Dunedin and Wellington were named the country's first Fair Trade cities in 2009 after making similar commitments.