Certified Fair Trade University

In October 2017, Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences with its two campus locations in Kleve and Kamp-Lintfort was certified as the 15th Fair Trade University in Germany and, at the same time, the first of its kind in North Rhine-Westphalia. This certification is both a distinction and an acknowledgement of Rhine-Waal University’s ongoing commitment to promoting and embodying fair trade practices. The certification was awarded by Transfair, also known as Fairtrade Deutschland, an independent initiative dedicated to spreading awareness for fair trade practices in Germany.

What is “Fair Trade”?

Fair trade means living wages for small-scale farmers and producers and better working conditions on plantations. There are a number of organisations that award fair trade seals for upholding specific standards. One of the largest and most well-known is the seal of Fairtrade Deutschland.


A certified Fair Trade University must meet five criteria: The first is an official resolution, drafted jointly by both the central university administration and the student body, to apply for fair trade certification. Second, a steering committee must be established with representatives from the student body, central administration and campus dining services to coordinate fair trade activities on campus. Third, the university must pledge to serve only fair trade products at official events and committee meetings. Fourth, fair trade products must also be sold in the campus bistro and canteen. Finally, at least two events dedicated to raising awareness for fair trade practices must be organised each semester. At Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences, the Fair Trade Student Group is responsible for planning and organising these awareness-raising events.