Fair Trade Colleges & Universities

The Fair Trade Universities started in 2003 in the U.K. when Oxford Brookes University became the first Fair Trade University. There are now nearly a dozen fair trade colleges and universities in the U.S., with many more working towards status. 

On Feb. 16, 2012, Manhattan College became the first Fair Trade College in New York City and the fifth in the nation. As a fair trade college, Manhattan College is responsible for increasing awareness and availability of fair trade products across campus and ensuring that new students and staff are aware of the fair trade status.

The criteria for becoming a fair trade college includes:

  • Forming a fair trade committee
  • Having at least two fair trade products available in college-owned/operated outlets as well as included in service contracts whenever possible
  • Use fair trade products at internal college meetings, events hosted by the college and in college offices
  • Develop a fair trade resolution and fair trade procurement policy
  • Commit to fair trade education, awareness-raising and growth of the fair trade campaign

Fair Trade Colleges & Universities in the U.S.:

  • Creighton University (Omaha, NE)
  • Loras College (Dubuque, IA)
  • Manhattan College (Riverdale, NY)
  • Penn State Brandywine (Media, PA)
  • Siena College (Loudonville, NY)
  • St. Michael's College (Colcester, VT)
  • University of California San Diego (San Diego, CA)
  • University of San Diego (San Diego, CA)
  • University of Wisconsin OshKosh (Oshkosh, WI)Western Kentucky University (Bowling Green, KY)