Reflecting on World Oceans Day

Today, June 8, is World Oceans Day, founded in 2002 to celebrate, honor, help protect and conserve the oceans. Events in honor of World Oceans Day will occur across the globe.  For some, this holiday prompts reflection on the issues related to oceans, such as sustainability and human trafficking practices in the seafood industry.

Over the past two years, the Coalition of Catholic Organizations Against Human Trafficking has coordinated advocacy efforts to encourage seafood companies to eradicate human trafficking practices.  In 2016, the Coalition sponsored a postcard campaign, while in 2017 they focused on encouraging seafood companies who are cleaning up their supply chains to label their products.  Read more about this year’s project on their website.

In honor of World Oceans Day, Fair Trade USA has launched a campaign encouraging consumers to purchase seafood that is produced in an environmentally and socially responsible way.  Launched in 2014, their certification of seafood products allows consumers to make purchases that have been shown to meet rigorous standards for workers in the fishing industry.  Learn more about their work on their website.

How will your campus celebrate and reflect on World Oceans Day?  Let us know!


Fordham Becomes Latest Catholic Fair Trade University

The Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities extends its congratulations to Fordham University for being the latest Catholic university to be designated a Fair Trade University! Fordham students have worked hard to create Students for Fair Trade (SFT), the official fair trade student organization at Fordham, and to incorporate fair trade products into daily life at the university.

SFT is a student-run club that promotes fair trade in business and consumption through education and advocacy. Through SFT, Fordham has been able not only to sell fair trade products at almost all of their restaurants and bookstores, but also to host employees of Alta Gracia, the only garment company in the global south to be certified for paying its workers a living wage.

Congratulations to Fordham for their great work in promoting fair trade!

Fair Trade Your Summer!

This year, several Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities member institutions joined the ranks of Fair Trade Colleges and Universities! To help students and faculty of these institutions, as well as any promoters of fair trade products, continue consuming fair trade, Fair Trade USA has released a helpful guide for summer drinks and smoothies! From the Bhakti Chai Tropical Ginger Smoothie to the Honest Tea Peach Pick, their seven suggestions are sure to help you relax and enjoy your summer. Happy fair trading!

Carroll College Becomes First Fair Trade College in Montana

As more Catholic colleges and universities join the ranks of Fair Trade Colleges, Carroll College in Montana has recently achieved a significant milestone: it is now the first in its state to be awarded the certification.

For the past three years, Carroll College has been striving to achieve fair trade certification. The committee responsible for the achievement led the college in the five Fair Trade Campaigns steps: Build Your Team, Reach out to Campus Outlets, Source Fair Trade at Events and Meetings, Commit to Fair Trade Education, and Pass a Fair Trade Resolution.

Carroll College advances fair trade principles in several ways, including sponsoring “Fair Trade Fridays,” bringing local fair trade vendors to campus, and selling fair trade chocolate for holidays. In addition, the College now sells fair trade coffee, tea, artisan goods, ice cream, and chocolate on campus.  Many Carroll professors are committed to educating students about fair trade in the classroom, especially in relation to global poverty and care for creation.  The director of the Hunthausen Center for Peace and Justice at Carroll College, Dr. Chris Fuller, noted that the certification is “a manifestation of Carroll College’s mission to serve the poor and marginalized as well as its work with Catholic Relief Services”.

Learn more about Fair Trade at Carroll College and how to become a Fair Trade College!

Make Your Finals Fair Trade!

Looking to squeeze in one more Fair Trade event this semester? Why not make it a Fair Trade Study Break and get your materials for free? Tell Fair Trade USA about your event plans and receive a free event kit!

How to get hooked up:

  1. Provide a short explanation of your plans and your mailing address at the bottom of this blog in the comment box.
  2. Register your event on the Fair Trade Campaigns website.

What you’ll get:

  • Fair Trade Coffee
  • Fair Trade Chocolate from Alter Eco
  • Fair Trade Tea from Numi Organic Tea
  • Informational 1-pagers on coffee, tea and chocolate from Fair Trade Campaigns

Happy Fair Trading and best of luck during finals!