Fairtrade in education

Fairtrade in education

​Students at Lambeth College could well be the next rainforest rescuers, thanks to a coffee morning hosted by Fairtrade and the Office Coffee Company this week.

Earlier this year, the college opened its student run coffee shop, ‘The Restaurant SW4’ to the public and became the first of its kind to be actively committed to achieving sustainability.

The coffee morning was held to celebrate the college’s responsible decision to choose the Fairtrade certified, Cool Earth coffee brand for their restaurant and to communicate the benefits of this choice. The Office Coffee Company were joined by guest speakers Ben Grey, from Cool Earth and Kate Lewis, Product Manager for Coffee at the Fairtrade Foundation.

The event was perfect timing for the college’s Level 1 Business Enterprise students in particular, whom, after successfully winning funding for their new food business venture were looking at ways to create a sustainable business strategy as their next project.

Grace Owolade- Coombes, Employability course tutor at Lambeth College says the event was a great way to educate students of the wider, positive social and environmental impacts of a sustainable business strategy.

“Hearing first hand from people actively involved in these successful charities has helped the students to see that their own business models are definitely achievable. It has given them an insight into how they develop their own ethical strategies based on the work that Cool Earth and Fairtrade have done.”

She also added that the event had shown the student’s the importance of networking with businesses in order to make beneficial industry contacts. Watch this space…

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