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University hosts Fair trade lecture during nationwide awareness fortnight

16 February 2012

Canterbury Christ Church University will host a Fairtrade lecture on Wednesday 29 February 2012 with key speakers from national supermarket chains, Waitrose and Sainsbury's, and ethical trade organisation, Traidcraft.

Taking place during Fairtrade fortnight, an annual two week awareness campaign, the lecture will welcome guest speakers from Waitrose’s Head of Sustainability and Ethical Sourcing, Mr Quentin Clark, Sainsbury’s Corporate Responsibility and Ethical Trade Manager, Mr Stuart Wright and Mr Nicolas Hunt, Canterbury’s Traidcraft representative.

Michael Murray, Deputy Director of Facilities at Canterbury Christ Church University, said: “As a Fairtrade University we are very keen to support an awareness campaign with our students and staff, not only on Fairtrade issues but also on wider sustainability matters. We welcome the contribution from these key speakers to that debate.”

Mr Clark will discuss Waitrose’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) policy and the priorities behind their four pillars strategy that aims to treat people fairly, tread lightly, champion British and live well.  He will also discuss The Waitrose Foundation and their community engagement projects in both their trading and customer communities.

A presentation from Mr Stuart Wright, Sainsbury's Corporate Responsibility and Ethical Trade Manager, will discuss the recent launch of the Sainsbury's 20 by 20 Sustainability Plan, an industry leading ambition with 20 commitments which will lead the way in sustaining the natural world, meeting their customers' demands and promoting health and wellbeing.

Mr Nicholas Hunt who is the local representative for Traidcraft, a charitable organisation that promotes ethical trading to reduce poverty, and an ambassador for Shared Interest, an ethical banking organisation, will challenge the supermarkets perspectives on Fairtrade. He will also discuss the larger steps that will need to be taken to make Fairtrade even more impactful for third world countries.

The lecture will also give the audience an opportunity to engage in a Q & A session with the speakers following their presentations.

Open to the public, the lecture will take place at Canterbury Christ Church University’s North Holmes Road Campus, Laud Lecture Theatre (Lg27) , Canterbury CT1 1QU on Wednesday 29 February at 1pm.

For more information about Fairtrade Fortnight, visit www.fairtrade.org.uk.

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Notes to Editor

Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.

With nearly 20,000 students, and five campuses across Kent, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.

  • We are the third highest university in England for student employability, with 94.3% of our recent graduates in employment or further study six months after graduating*.
  • Christ Church is the number one choice for local people looking to study at university in Kent (2010 UCAS).
  • We are the South East’s largest provider of courses for public service careers (outside of London).
  • In 2012 we will celebrate our Golden Jubilee, reflecting on 50 years of higher education and innovation.

*2009/10 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey

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