|Approved by the:||University Senate - April 3, 2008
Administration - May 13, 2008*
Board of Regents - no action required
* The University supports offering fair trade coffee to campus customers where reasonable, including University residential, retail, and catering operations. In fact, since 2001, University Dining Service (UDS) has achieved a 48% increase in the availability of fair trade coffee to its campus customers, and offers at least one fair trade coffee choice at all locations, and in some venues offers it exclusively. The possibility of offering fair trade coffee exclusively is now automatically a part of the evaluation process when the University considers a new retail location on campus.
As part of their evaluation process, UDS balances social responsibility with customer demand. In response to customer satisfaction surveys, UDS has provided a broader range of coffee options to meet varied customer brand preferences and cost (for example, fair trade coffee can cost anywhere from 12-35% more than non-certified coffees, depending upon the roast and flavor profile). Also as a result of customer surveys, UDS has incorporated national brands like Starbucks, Dunn Bros, and Einstein's Bros Ð which all offer a fair trade coffee selection, but do not exclusively offer fair trade coffee Ð into campus offerings. UDS will continue to seek input from its campus customers on a regular basis to assess ongoing customer needs and demand for fair trade coffee. The University is encouraging UDS to continue efforts to increase the availability of fair trade coffee to its campus customers over the next three years as appropriate, and is also asking for an annual progress report to assess continued progress on this issue.
Finally, please note that the University is now incorporating social and corporate responsibility clauses in its contracts with outside vendors to communicate the University's expectation that vendors are expected to engage environmentally, economically, and socially sustainable activities. The University is a leader in this area of higher education and will continue to strive for the highest ideals of ethical business standards and practices.
Resolution on Fair Trade Coffee