In 2016, Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) received the title of being a Fairtrade University. The TU/e is glad to announce that this title has been extended for the coming three years (2021-2023)! Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world.
According to the Assessment Committee of Fairtrade Universities, Fairtrade goes beyond the use of Fairtrade products at the University. The TU/e propagates the principles of Fairtrade and incorporates them in its purchasing policy and sustainable business operations. The TU/e also offers Fairtrade products in its canteens, shops and vending machines on campus.
Fairtrade is a trademark for the trade-in developed countries in which fair prices are paid. In 10 out of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals Fairtrade is involved. In 2015, the UN set 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These goals state that ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth – all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests.
The TU/e states in its central vision for 2030, The Strategy 2030; Drivers of Change, that it supports the Sustainable Development Goals. To confirm its commitment to the SDGs, the TU/e signed the SDG Charter together with multiple partners in the Brainport Region. The process of implementing the SDGs in business operations, research, and education is an ongoing process at the TU/e.
In the last few years, several aspects have been improved to move towards a more sustainable TU/e campus. These improvements correspond to the five sustainability themes that the TU/e lives by: