Fair Trade Month at Manhattan College

From October 9-30, the College will host events celebrating fair trade on campus.

What is fair trade?

Two students in front of social action suite holding up ice cream for the ice cream socialFair trade is the practice of purchasing goods that are manufactured by farmers and artisans that earn fair wages in safe working conditions. Members of the consumer-driven movement advocate for improved social and environmental standards for producers in developing nations, and the payment of higher prices to exporters.

During Fair Trade Month, Manhattan celebrates its status as a Fair Trade College, which requires each of our retail outlets on campus to sell at least two fair trade items, and that we must continually raise fair trade fawareness to faculty, staff and students. 

Manhattan will host the following events during Fair Trade Month:

Wednesday, Oct. 9, 12-1:30 p.m. Slice of Social Justice, Cornerstone, Miguel 209. Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR) director David Schilling will speak about ICCR’s work to counter human trafficking and modern day slavery. 

Wednesday, Oct. 16, 12-2 p.m. Ice Cream Social, Kelly Commons, 2nd floor. Join us for some free Ben & Jerry’s ice cream as we discuss pressing environmental issues and how Fair Trade works to combat them. 

Wednesday, Oct. 23, 5-7 p.m. Hudson Roasters, DLS 300. Sal Santuccio '13 and business partner Bernadette Gerrity speak about starting their successful coffee roasting business, Hudson Roasters, and how they have incorporated Fair Trade and its principles into their business model.

Wednesday, Oct. 30 and Thursday, October 31, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Fair Trade Fuel’s Halloween Sale, DLS 206. Swing by our spooktacular sale for some fair trade Halloween goodies and free coffee.

For more information about these events, contact Students for Fair Trade at fairtrade@manhattan.edu

By Christine Loughran