December 2017

Seattle U and Fair Trade

Fair Trade Designation

  • Seattle University was the first PNW University to earn the title of Fair Trade Designated University. Read more about Seattle University's qualifications.

Bon Appetit and Fair Trade

  • 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. Read more about Bon Appétit's commitment to Fair Trade. 

Anti-Sweatshop Policy

  • The pursuit of social justice is an essential part of Seattle University’s institutional mission. Consistent with this mission, Seattle University has long supported fair labor standards and safe working conditions for people who produce university-licensed apparel. There is a campus-wide Anti-Sweatshop Policy and an Anti-Sweatshop Committee covering vendors and manufacturers that supply the University with apparel bearing the University’s name and/or logos. Read more.

MotMot Coffee

  • 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! Learn more about MotMot coffee and order some here or at the SU Bookstore!

SU Supported Research

  • CEJS fellow, 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 partnershipHe is also working with coffee farmers in Nicaragua to help them reach the specialty coffee market in the Seattle area. Read more.

Events at SU

Fair Trade Finals

When: Week of December 4, 2017
  Bistro, Sidebar, The Bottom Line and C-Street
Description: In need of a coffee or chocolate refill during Finals week? Stop by the Fair Trade booth at C-street, Sidebar, and The Bottom Line. Check out the fair trade initiatives that Bon Appétit supports, and try out some free samples!

  • Monday Dec 4th
    • Hawk’s Nest Bistro – free samples of Guayaki Yerba Mate
  • Tuesday Dec 5th
    • Sidebar – free samples of Stumptown Coffee
  • Wednesday Dec 6th 
    • The Bottom Line – free samples of Caffe Vita coffee
    • Hawk’s Nest Bistro – Mix Your Own snack mix giveaway (it’s free!)
  • Thursday Dec 7th 
    • Byte – Numi and Choice Tea special drink
  • Friday Dec 8th 
    • Cherry Street market – Theo Brand Chocolates

Learn More about Fair Trade

  1. Fair Trade Federation
  2. WA Fair Trade Coalition
  3. Fair Trade Colleges and Universities
  4. Fair Trade USA
  5. Fair Trade Labeling Organizations International

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