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Fairtrade Fortnight 2022 at UCL

21 February 2022–06 March 2022, 10:00 am–5:00 pm

Pick background with bananas and the words "choose the world you want"

Celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight and help tackle social inequalities by supporting workers around the world. There will be Fairtrade treats available across campus, a competition for some great Fairtrade prizes, an online Fairtrade Festival and more!

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For two weeks each year, thousands of individuals, companies and groups across the UK come together to share the stories of the people who grow Fairtrade food and drinks, and the cotton in our clothes.

As a Fairtrade University, UCL is proud to take part in the celebrations. As restrictions are ever-changing, for Fairtrade Fortnight 2022 there will be many activities online that you can get involved in, as well as opportunities on campus!

Focus for 2022

The focus for Fairtrade Fortnight 2022 is Choose the World You Want, emphasising the need for us to increase the pressure for action on climate justice.



Fairtrade Competition

Image of hamper goodies including: jumper, drinks, mug, reusable bottle. chocolate bars, coffee
The Students' Union UCL and CH&Co are running a hamper giveaway competition from 22nd February. The hamper includes Fairtrade drinks, chocolates a mug, a hoodie and more!

To enter:

  • Find the Fairtrade giveaway post on the SU's Instagram page
  • Tag a friend who you'd share the prize with
  • Follow @theunioncafes and @foodatucl
  • Like the post on both pages
Fairtrade Festival: Choose the World You Want

The Fairtrade Foundation are hosting a free virtual festival, focusing on the work of Fairtrade farmers tackling the climate crisis, and the need for climate justice to remain a top priority for decision-makers as we reflect on the outcomes of COP26.

Registration opens in late January, and you can sign up now to be the first to know about Fairtrade Fortnight's upcoming events.

Throughout Fairtrade Fortnight the festival will feature:

  • Farmers and workers from around the world explaining why they need to earn more to survive a climate crisis that is already hurting their communities
  • Discussions between farmers, other experts and famous faces about what we need to do to choose a better future
  • Music, art and entertainment, from all corners of our passionate and talented global Fairtrade community
  • Fun interactive workshops on sustainable living here in the UK
Webinar: The Pedagogy of Chocolate

In this webinar, Bob Manteaw will explore the use of chocolate as a teaching and learning resource in global learning and sustainability education.

This seminar is being held to coincide with the Fairtrade Foundation's 'Choose the World you Want' festival, held to mark the annual Fairtrade Fortnight (21 Feb - 6 Mar) - 2 weeks of activity around social, economic and environmental justice. This connection reflects a continuing relationship between the foundation and DERC which has resulted in a report and a seminar that looked at the work of the Foundation in UK schools.

01 March 2022, 12.30pm - 1.30pm


Find out more and register here.


Host Your Own Event

Host your own online meeting or event. This could be anything from a discussion space, a quiz…even an online coffee morning, a cook along, a crafting session or a talk.

We know you all have so many ideas and anything goes as long as it gives you the opportunity to talk Fairtrade! Find more information and resources on this page


On Campus

New Fairtrade Treats

Throughout the fortnight, there will be a treats table in the Refectory, showcasing a selection of Fairtrade treats and cakes available for purchase! CH&CO will also be introducing new Fairtrade Bakes in the cafes across campus.

Tony Chocolonely will run a sampling stall in the Wilkins Refectory on 2 March from 11am to 3pm. 

Pancake Day: Shrove Tuesday

Tuesday 1st of March, Shrove Tuesday, falls during Fairtrade Fortnight this year. There will be pancake specials available in the Refectory with Fairtrade bananas, sugar and chocolate available as toppings!

Fairtrade Product Labelling

Clearer labelling will be introduced for Fairtrade food products, so you can easily identify which items are Fairtrade.


At home

Read Up

Discover the stories of farmers affected by climate change here.


Order the Fairtrade Foundation's posters and leaflets to help communicate Fairtrade and the climate crisis in your community.

Use the Fairtrade Foundation's social media resources to spread the word online and add more voices. You can find posts and banners for your Facebook, Twitter and Instagramalong with this Fortnight’s key messages and FAQs to support your online campaigning. They also have a Digital and Social Media Guide providing additional support.

These events are part of 28 Days of Sustainability: 4 weeks filled with sustainability-themes events, workshops and activities from all across the university.

Find out more about 28 Days of Sustainability here