This document is the Fair Trade constitution that was passed at the University of Iowa (UI) in Iowa City. The university has been named an official “Fair Trade University” upon the passing of a student-led resolution that calls for a university commitment to obtain and sell fair trade items. UI President Bruce Harreld signed the resolution, which pledges that university housing and dining will offer fair trade products in residence halls, convenience stores and catered events sponsored by the university. UI was the first university in the Big Ten to receive this designation from Fair Trade Campaigns, a grassroots organization. Fair Trades Campaigns is a powerful grassroots movement that mobilizes advocates at schools, on campuses and in communities across the United States. They are part of a global effort to normalize Fair Trade as an institutional practice and consumer preference.
- What is the mission of the Fair Trade Campaigns organization?
- Since the University of Iowa has been named an official “Fair Trade University,” what will they do to comply with this effort?
- How is the advocacy at the University of Iowa an example of taking informed action?
“Constitution of Fair Trade at Iowa,” The University of Iowa, 23 September 2018. Courtesy of The University of Iowa