Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 75.64
Liaison Yolanda Cieters
Submission Date March 2, 2018
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Seattle University
IN-7: Fair Trade Campus

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 Phillip Thompson
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Is the institution currently designated as a Fair Trade College or University?:

A brief description of the institution’s Fair Trade initiatives, including the year formal designation was achieved and/or renewed:

--In 2015, SU obtained the Fair Trade designation. Seattle University was the first PNW University to earn the title of Fair Trade Designated University.

--Bon Appétit, Seattle University's food service provider, is committed to providing fair trade certified products such as teas, chocolate, bananas, and coffee to the Seattle University community. They support Fair Trade through securing better wages and business conditions for farmers in developing countries while also encouraging sustainable growing practices.
During Finals week, Bon Appetit offers Fair Trade samples (coffee, chcolate, tea,...) to students at its various locations on campus and invites fair trade vendors to provide information about their products and Fair Trade initiatives.

--In January 2017, Seattle University’s Fair Trade Team, under the leadership of Braden Wild (BA International Business and Economics, '19) and Dr. Quan Le registered SU's Fair Trade coffee Café Ambiental as a social enterprise with the State of Washington, a milestone for the fair trade coffee project! Café Ambiental has also been officially re-branded as MotMot Coffee harking to the national bird of Nicaragua native to the mountains where the coffee is grown. In addition, the Fair Trade team finished second in the Harriet Stephenson Business Plan Competition in 2017! More info: https://www.motmotcoffee.com/

--Dr. Quan Le (Associate Professor of Economics and Director of the International Business Program at SU’s Albers School of Business) uses educational events to teach marketing methods while promoting the sale of the Fair-Trade coffee MotMot Coffee produced from the SU-Nicaraguan coffee farmer partnership. He is also working with coffee farmers in Nicaragua to help them reach the specialty coffee market in the Seattle area. More info: https://www.seattleu.edu/cejs/ejs-research-at-su/cejs-fellowships/past-faculty-fellows/2016-2017-faculty/

--In December 2016, SU hosted its first Fair Trade Fair, welcoming 24 vendors and organizations to sell fair trade goods and share information about Fair Trade to SU's staff, faculty, and students. Over 450 community members attended the fair trade fair to learn about ethical sourcing.

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