By Karina Newman
UCLA has become a Fair Trade University. The Fair Trade campaign at UCLA was initiated and continues to be spearheaded by E3: Ecology, Economy, and Equity, the largest sustainability student group at UCLA. The campaign has been officially working toward achieving designation as a Fair Trade University since 2013. The Fair Trade initiative at UCLA is a partnership between stakeholders on the UCLA campus including ASUCLA, UCLA Housing & Hospitality Services, and E3: Ecology, Economy, and Equity.
Being designated as a Fair Trade University by Fair Trade Colleges and Universities is a national achievement – UCLA is the 37th Fair Trade University in the country and follows in the footsteps of other large public institutions making commitments to Fair Trade and sustainability.
UCLA is the largest public university in the U.S. to achieve the Fair Trade designation. With over 20 outlets serving at least two Fair Trade products (in some cases more), UCLA has one of the widest-reaching impacts on Fair Trade farmers, generating additional income and community development premiums for coffee, tea, sugar and cocoa farmers throughout the Global South. This is one of the largest commitments to Fair Trade in terms of purchasing (two or more products at all twenty outlets) as well as education.