ADRIAN, Mich (September 18. 14) - The newly established Adrian College Fair Trade Committee has won a grant from University/College division of the Fair Trade Campaigns to support an internship for the 2014-2015 academic year. The intern will research fair trade products, organize efforts to make them available on campus and conduct outreach and education.
The International Fair trade movement works to establish standards for production so that consumers can make sure the commodities they use are manufactured or grown ethically.
According to the resolution passed by the faculty last year, “Fair Trade ensures fair wages, safe working conditions, and environmental sustainability, and prohibits forced labor of any kind.”
The Adrian Fair trade campaign is an offshoot of its well-established anti-human trafficking group, Not For Sale. Christopher Momany, Adrian’s Chaplain and advisor to Not For Sale explains, “The emphasis on fair trade is in keeping with Adrian College’s heritage of respecting the dignity and worth of all people.”
Fair Trade intern Madeline Fox concurs, adding, “By making responsible choices about what we buy, everyone can do their part in ending the global cycle of human trafficking.”
Several varieties of delicious Fair trade chocolate is now available in the Arrington Bookstore. The bookstore is also selling Good Paper Sanctuary Spring greeting cards, which are made by women who have escaped prostitution in the Philippines.