SJP brought Peace Coffee and other Fair Trade coffee to campus in 2014.
Fair Trade at UST
In 2014, Students for Justice & Peace worked to bring Fair Trade coffee to the St. Thomas campus, in line with their mission of promoting fair treatment of workers in a sustainable way. St. Thomas had previously served Starbucks coffee in its dining halls, but switched to Peace Coffee and Alakef Coffee brands in February of 2014.
Fair Trade is a designation that products and companies earn to let consumers know that a product is ethically sourced and sustainably produced. It focuses on helping poor workers in developing countries. The Fair Trade business model includes:
- ensuring fair wages for workers
- training farmers in environmentally friendly growing techniques
- ensuring that farmers are paid fair prices for exported products
- eliminating slave or child labor
SJP had brought Fair Trade coffee to campus in the late 1990s and early 2000s, but dining services soon switched back to non-Fair Trade brands. We hope that this time, St. Thomas will make a lasting commitment to serving ethically sourced coffee and other products. We are also currently working to bring other Fair Trade products to St. Thomas; for example, Fair Trade-certified t-shirts in the TommieShop.