Loras College Fair Trade


“Loras College was the first college in Iowa, the first Catholic College in the Midwest and the fourth Catholic College in the nation to sign a Fair Trade resolution.”
 

Loras College signed a resolution in May 2012, designating it as a Fair Trade College. It was the last stage of an application process governed by Fair Trade Colleges and Universities, which aims to seek equity in trade and promote sustainable development.

Loras already is committed to: 

  • Providing fair trade coffee and tea in all eating locations
  • Holding a wide-scale fair trade sale every Advent season, using distributors such as Ten Thousand Villages & Work of Human Hands
  • Provide educational opportunities that help our campus and greater community understand the importance of buying fair trade
  • Extend our offering of fair trade products   

History
Loras students Kate Russell and Yvette Andersen applied for and received a Catholic Relief Services grant of $5,000in 2009. They were instrumental in spearheading Loras' push toward fair trade status.

Russell and Anderson found it helpful to link their work toward fair trade with Loras' Catholic faith tradition's strong stance toward protecting the dignity of work. Through informal coffeehouse gatherings and speakers, they spread the word about fair trade.

The challenge for Loras continues to be the lack of availability of fair trade products, and some are prohibitively expensive compared to their non-fair trade counterparts.







Loras College was a recent honorable mention winner at Fair Trade's Go Banana's Fair Trade Bananas.
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