Engaging with our suppliers on social responsibility and sustainability

On 30th November, the Department for Social Responsibility and Sustainability, the Procurement Office, and Resource Efficient Scotland co-hosted an event for University construction and catering suppliers and potential suppliers.

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Global Ethical Finance Forum 2015

By Liz Cooper, Research and Policy Manager

Ethics, social responsibility and sustainability are attracting more and more attention in the world of finance and investment, following financial crisis and recessions, and in the context of climate change. This month, Edinburgh hosted the first Global Ethical Finance Forum, organised by Middle East Global Advisors.

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Sharing fair trade experiences and research – Fair Trade International Symposium, Milan, May 2015

In May 2015 I presented a paper at the Fair Trade International Symposium, held at the Politecnico di Milano, entitled ‘How can universities better contribute to the fair trade agenda? Developing collaboration between researchers and practitioners in a university for social impact’. My paper focused on the case of the University of Edinburgh and its approach to fair trade.

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A fair trade advocacy marathon in Brussels

The University of Edinburgh has been committed to fair trade for ten years, responding to student concerns. Like the fair trade movement, the university recognises that trade justice – a trading environment that promotes fair trading rather than exploitation of weaker actors, is crucial, rather than just relying on consumers switching to products that display fair trade labels and claims. With this in mind, I attended a Fair Trade Advocacy Marathon organised by the Fair Trade Advocacy (FTAO) in Brussels on 7th and 8th October 2014.

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