UCLA Fair Trade Petition
The E3 Fair Trade Committee is collecting signatures to petition UCLA to expand the available Fair Trade products on campus and to increase signage. Please help support this important movement that expands awareness, activism, and participation in ensuring that workers throughout the world are provided with fair wages.
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UCLA Dining Services Letter
In Spring of 2016, UCLA become officially designated as a Fair Trade University, and the largest school in the country to do so. This was a major accomplishment and sent a strong signal of the University’s commitment to sustainable and ethical practices. UCLA Dining Services were instrumental in making this happen, by working with a variety of vendors to ensure that a minimum of 2 Fair Trade certified products are offered at each location and increasing visibility of already-available products.

While we express enormous gratitude towards UCLA Dining Services for their support of Fair Trade, we believe the university could become a true leader in sustainability and ethical labor standards by renewing its commitment to Fair Trade. Under the University of California Sustainable Practices Policy, UCLA Dining Services are committed to “maximizing its procurement of environmentally preferable products and services” and “achieving 20% sustainable food purchases.” By increasing the availability of Fair Trade products, Dining Services will help the University become more sustainable in every sense of the word -- environmentally, economically, and socially.

We therefore strongly urge UCLA Dining Services to expand its offerings of Fair Trade certified products wherever possible. Currently, Fair Trade tea and sugar are offered in some dining halls and restaurants but not others. We request that these products be offered across all Dining locations. We also request that UCLA Dining Services consider transitioning to Fair Trade bananas and chocolate, two of the otherwise most ethically and environmentally problematic food items. Finally, we ask that Fair Trade products are made more visible so that students may be more aware of their choices.

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ASUCLA Letter
In Spring of 2016, UCLA become officially designated as a Fair Trade University, and the largest school in the country to do so. This was a major accomplishment and sent a strong signal of the University’s commitment to sustainable and ethical practices. ASUCLA was instrumental in making this happen, by working with a variety of vendors to ensure that a minimum of 2 Fair Trade certified products are offered at each location and increasing visibility of already-available products.

While we express enormous gratitude towards ASUCLA for their support of Fair Trade, we believe the university could become a true leader in sustainability and ethical labor standards by renewing its commitment to Fair Trade. Under the University of California Sustainable Practices Policy, ASUCLA is committed to “maximizing] its procurement of environmentally preferable products and services” and “achieving 20% sustainable food purchases.” By increasing the availability of Fair Trade products, ASUCLA will help the University become more sustainable in every sense of the word -- environmentally, economically, and socially.

We therefore strongly urge ASUCLA to expand its offerings of Fair Trade certified products wherever possible. The strongest and most immediate impact would be to make Fair Trade coffee the default option at all ASUCLA coffeehouses. Currently, the Fair Trade options are not well-marked and baristas are not always aware of the Fair Trade offerings. We request a shift to a system where customers must opt-out of the Fair Trade option rather than the current system which forces them to opt-in to the more sustainable and ethical choice. We also request that ASUCLA increase the visibility of Fair Trade products through improved signage and barista training on the basic aspects of Fair Trade.

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