As part of Fairtrade Fortnight, Swindon College is celebrating its newly appointed Fairtrade status. To mark the occasion, the Mayor of Swindon and Philemon Allen, a banana farmer from the West Indies, visited the College to unveil a plaque ‘for the achievement of Fairtrade status’ in the Main Hall in the presence of Andrew Miller, the Principal of the College, governors and students.
After the unveiling, Philemon Allen who is also President of the St Vincent and the Grenadines National Fair Trade Organisation talked to a large group of students about how buying Fairtrade bananas and other Fairtrade products can help disadvantaged farmers and their families.
In Philemon’s presentation he said: “It is a pleasure to be here. Fairtrade has made such a difference to our lives. With the support of people like you, Fairtrade has helped farmers from poor communities use their skills to build sustainable businesses, which has helped improve the conditions in which we live and work. Thank you for supporting us.”
During Philemon’s visit to the College, he also offically opened the College’s new Café Direct coffee bar in the refectory of the Phoenix building.
As a Fairtrade College, Swindon College is committed to selling Fairtrade products and ensuring that they are available in as many places as possible to help raise awareness of Fairtrade and the benefits that it brings to producers in developing countries.
Today more than 5 million farmers, workers and their families across 49 countries benefit from Fairtrade . By selling and promoting Fairtrade products, the college ensures that more farmers will receive a fair price for their products.
Swindon College started the journey towards Fairtrade status last year. A steering group was formed, which was comprised of staff, governors and students and a draft policy was approved. All Fairtrade products will be sold in Amigo’s the express shop, at the catering outlets in the refectory and will be served as part of the hospitality provision, which is being supported by Chartwells who are the in-house caterers in the College. The College has also run tutorial sessions about Fairtrade in the Fairtrade fortnight and held stalls at the College’s Freshers’ Fair to get the students involved.