In 2013 the University of Helsinki became the second university in Finland to be awarded the title of Fairtrade university.
In autumn 2012, students presented a proposal to apply for the title, and the University leadership seized on the idea. Supporting fair trade is a concrete way to support sustainable development and make procurement practices increasingly responsible.
As a Fairtrade university, the University is committed to promoting the use and availability of Fairtrade-certified products, as well as increasing the University community’s awareness of Fairtrade and its significance to global production and consumption networks.
Fair coffee and tea
Thousands of cups of coffee and tea are consumed daily at the University, which makes the choice of brand significant. The coffee and tea served at official University events are always Fairtrade coffee and tea, a decision made together with Ylva (previously the HYY Group) restaurants, Fazer Amica and Sodexo.
Annually, the restaurants operated by Ylva deliver more than half of all the coffee and tea served at University facilities and events. All of the contracted restaurants aim to expand their selection of Fairtrade products at their locations.