Let’s make Meiji University a Fairtrade University! － Challenges of Kobayashi’s seminar
Details of the Initiative
When we study global economics and global business, we are keenly aware that we are connected to people all over the world through trade. However, as supply chains are spread around the world, it is difficult to see by whom, where, and how various goods are produced.
Fair trade (FT) is “a trading partnership based on dialogue, transparency and respect” (International Fair Trade Charter). It aims to ensure justice, fairness and sustainability for the world as a whole and to realize human life and work by protecting the lives and rights of producers and workers especially in the South and protecting the global environment.
We are working to make Meiji University into a Fairtrade University in order to inspire people to think about a sustainable world. We hold FT lecture meetings, give classes at elementary and junior high schools, and sell tote bags made of FT certified cotton at Meidai Mart. For a limited time, we have been selling FT coffee and chocolate on campus, and at the Meiji University Festival, we have been selling yakisoba (Japanese stir-fried noodle) and churros using FT certified seasonings or sugar in addition to classroom exhibitions on FT. In academic year 2020, we sold FT chocolate in the original Meiji University package with the cooperation of 12 stores and coffee shops around the university. We will continue to be proactive in our challenge toward a sustainable world.