ASU celebrates recognition as largest Fair Trade University in the nation

Sep 20, 2018

Arizona State University celebrates its recent designation as a Fair Trade University on Sept. 24 at the fourth annual Greening Maroon and Gold: State of Sustainability at ASU.

Fair Trade is an economic system that ensures consumers the of products they buy are developed and distributed in ways that improve lives and protect the environment.

ASU President Michael Crow will speak about the importance of the Fair Trade designation and the university’s sustainability goals during the Sept. 24 event.

Two or more Fair Trade products are now available in 25 campus dining and retail outlets across all four of ASU’s metropolitan campuses, Downtown Phoenix, Polytechnic, Tempe and West.

Fair Trade Campaigns officially designated ASU as the 50th and largest Fair Trade University in the nation on May 2, 2018.

“By becoming the largest Fair Trade University in the U.S. and committing to offer Fair Trade-certified products at each dining and retail location on campus, ASU is driving positive impact for producers and their families,” said Kylie Nealis, Fair Trade Campaigns Campus and Community engagement coordinator.

The Fair Trade Campaign at ASU was established to provide students access to Fair Trade products as well as educate them about consumption practices. University Sustainability Practices, Aramark, Sun Devil Dining, Follett and students play major roles in the success of the ASU campaign.

This Fair Trade designation advances ASU’s design aspirations to be socially embedded, transform society and be globally engaged. The designation also demonstrates the university’s commitment to build a sustainable supply-chain and advance human welfare.

The students — Mackenzie Masel, Daniella Simari, Sydney Williamson, Tomera Wade, Tomeika Wade and Tadas Duskinas — who led ASU’s Fair Trade campaign developed the campaign into an official ASU student organization, Sun Devil for Fair Trade, and currently is focused on education outreach events to raise student awareness.