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Fairtrade products

At the University of Leeds, we are passionate about Fairtrade and have been supporting and selling Fairtrade products since 2003.

In 2005 the University of Leeds obtained Fairtrade status and our continued support has helped Yorkshire to be named the first Fairtrade region in the country.

  • In the last two years, we have increased the proportion of staff uniforms made from Fairtrade certified-cotton.
  • We were one of the first University’s to champion Fairtrade by taking part in the NUS Fairtrade University pilot.
  • We have a cross-institutional Fairtrade Committee with members of wide-reaching influence across campus.
  • We report to the Fairtrade Foundation annually on sales of our Fairtrade items.
  • The University of Leeds won the bid to host the next Fairtrade International Symposium.

Locally sourced

Great food at Leeds use locally sourced food wherever possible and 65% of our suppliers are within 40 miles of the University.

We follow a strict food policy which ensures ethical, sustainable procurement of all food.

Sustainable Restaurant Association

Great Food at Leeds (GFaL) are proud to have been awarded a star by the Sustainable Restaurant Association as part of their ‘Food Made Good’ sustainability rating. GFaL’s actions in the following areas were highlighted:

  • Supporting the community
  • Monitoring and reducing food waste.
  • Treating customers and staff fairly.
  • Supporting farmers to keep supply chains healthy and predictable.

Sustainable KeepCups

We have worked closely with our friends from Sustainability at the University of Leeds to provide a high-quality reusable cup option for our customers.
Great Food at Leeds KeepCups are available across campus and you save 20p each time you use yours!

Visit our KeepCup page to find out more.

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