Brighton Students’ Union is working in partnership with the University of Brighton to become Fairtrade accredited.

"The Students’ Union and University of Brighton are committed to promoting Fairtrade and its values to our students and staff at the University of Brighton, through selling Fairtrade products across our university and students union catering outlets, in our SU shops and raising awareness of what the Fairtrade mark means and the impact it can have."

"As a university we are committed to providing a sustainable, ethical service and Fairtrade is an initiative we fully support"

Laura Greenwood – Pearsons, Chief Executive University of Brighton Students’ Union
David Hicks, Deputy Director, University of Brighton Accommodation and Hospitality Services.


At Brighton Students’ Union, we’re passionate about Fairtrade and ethical practices. Because of this, we are working with the University to become Fairtrade accredited.

We started this process by running Fairtrade Fortnight from Monday 26th February through to 11th March 2018. We had two weeks of great Fairtrade focused events and traveled to each campus so all students could get involved. This fortnight was all about raising awareness and promoting the Fairtrade Foundation and Fairtrade products. This annual promotion will happen once a year and will be the opportunity for students to get familiar with the values and the importance of the Fairtrade brand.

Fairtrade stands with farmers and producers to empower them to have an equal say in their trading and to protect and ensure that both parts are adhering to social, economic and environmental standards and we support that fully at BSU.


‘Fairtrade is a simple way to make a difference to the lives of the people who grow the things we love. We do this by changing the way trade works through better prices, decent working conditions and a fair deal for farmers and workers in developing countries’

Fairtrade Foundation (2018)


'We have a vision: a world in which all producers can enjoy secure and sustainable livelihoods, fulfill their potential and decide on their future’


'Our mission is to connect disadvantaged producers and consumers, promote fairer trading conditions and empower producers to combat poverty, strengthen their position and take more control over their lives’


Fairtrade works to set standards, certifying products and ingredients, lobbying governments, working directly with producers and to drive awareness with the public.

For more information, click here.


Fair Trade means that what you buy matters. By making the choice of purchasing Fairtrade products you are not only getting high quality products. You are also making a difference in the lives of the farmers and producers who grew the bananas that you eat or the coffee you drink.

So if you decide to join us you will join a big movement you will be helping in so many ways. Here are some of the reasons that you should support Fairtrade!

Farmers are involved and included within all stages of production. Produce is harvested in smaller quantities and as a result the food is often better.
Fair Trade products are unique for the places they come from and the people who produce them. Fair Trade therefore connects you with other cultures.
Fair Trade supports communities by working through cooperative structures. This enables Fair Trade and small farmers to invest their values and earnings back in to their communities.
It is important to promote the values of Fairtrade as it can mean the difference of a farmer being able to send their children to school, to cover production and travel of the products and whether or not they can afford to buy food
Fair Trade is a reliable trade that farmers can count on. For many years the trade has been committed to strengthening direct partnership between buyers and producers. This is a dual relationship with both parts needing the other to get the best possible deal.
Fair Trade gives farmers and producers control of their own futures and empower them to empower others to build their own business. By building their own businesses and not going through a middle man their profit stays in their local communities and can go back into their businesses.
Fairtrade is better for the environment as it supports sustainable practices the minimise our environmental footprint.
Fairtrade actively promotes integrated farm management systems which can help farmers improve their soils fertility and preserve valuable ecosystems. It can limit the use of harmful agrochemicals which can help improve the farmer’s health.


In celebration of Fairtrade Fortnight, we’re hosting a number of events for you to get involved with. Come along and celebrate sustainable, ethical living with us at BSU!

Let's Go Bananas! (free pancakes at Basement Central)
27th February 11am - 2pm
Basement Central SU Cafe-Bar, Mouslecoomb
Fairtrade Exhibition
1st March 11am - 2pm
The Studio, Falmer
Meet Mahyana, A Fairtrade Coffee Producer
1st March 5:30pm - 8pm
G4, Grand Parade
Let's Cook with Fairtrade
6th March noon - 2pm
Priory Square Canteen, Hastings
Blood Diamond Film Screening
8th March 5pm - 8pm
Student Lounge, Bishopsbourne, Eastbourne
Free Easter Egg for an STI Test - Hastings
16th March 11am - 3pm
Priory Square
Want a free Cadbury Buttons Easter Egg? Come to our stall and take an STI test to get this chocolate treat!






Fairtrade certified:
Since 2008

Number of member:


Mahyana Sari (33) has been part of KSU Arinagata for the past 8 years, first as an Administrator and now as the elected Secretary of the cooperative. She is married with three children (two sons aged 10 and 5 years and one daughter aged 7). She has a degree in English Literature gained in at the Padjajaran University-Indonesia.

Mahyana’s duties within the cooperative are far ranging. From overseeing the implementation of the cooperative program including delivering service to members, maintaining and overseeing the implementation of Fairtrade and Organic standards to preparing the annual report for the AGM and dealing with business transactions. She has also participated in many different types of coffee training such as roasting, cupping and waste management.

KSU Arinagata cooperative is a Gayo Arabica Coffee producer and exporter specializing in organic coffee. The cooperative has 2,582 selected coffee farmers covering 39 Villages in Ace Tengah district of Aceh Province, Indonesia. The KSU Arinagata cooperative evolved from an existing coffee trading and exporting company which originally worked with farmers from seven villages in the Aceh province, but these farmers officially joined as a cooperative in 2007.

Finding a good market channel for their coffee has been the biggest challenge for these farmers. During the armed conflict between Sumatran separatists and the Indonesian army, many were forced to flee the area. Only recently have they began returning, some women as widows, and with very little income. Many families live in poor conditions. They are traditional farmers, mostly of Gayonese origin.

Most members of the cooperative produce on a small area of land, which provides 80 to 90% of household income. Farmers may also sell vegetables, fruit, soya bean, spices and fish in local markets. Fruit trees are intercropped with their organic coffee, and this adds to the typical Sumatran coffee profile

Coffee growing and processing

The cooperative has its own processing unit where the coffee parchment undergoes double processing before being delivered to the exporter’s warehouse in Medan. The cooperative sells unsorted beans to the exporter who will sort, clean and grade the coffee for export. Arinagata is in partnership with several exporters based in Medan, such as PT Mulyo Kawi, PT Mas Kawi, and CV Aridelta. Their main buyers: Inter Amerika Coffee and Paragon (US).

The long supply chain in Indonesia can be very disadvantageous for farmers as coffee passes through ‘collectors’ before reaching the cooperative. KSU has collectors who are elected by the members.


Through Fairtrade the members have benefitted from training in good coffee agriculture, training in household finance management, field school for farmers, women empowerment projects. They have used the Premium projects such as road construction to the farm, a small library in the village, electrical instalation, and sanitary needs within the community. As well as helping victims of earthquakes and floods in the local districts (see below for more detail).

The Fairtrade Premium has been used in these areas:

Coffee and cooperative infrastructure

KSU have purchased land for construction of a processing unit. This was financed against the amount of Fairtrade Premium.

KSU used the Fairtrade Premium to organise small shops called Waserda (see right). This provides access to daily necessities at reasonable prices. They have built these small communal businesses in 10 villages.

Local infrastructure

KSU Arinagata, transport as simple as a motorbike, or infrastructure in the form of a wooden bridge, has improved coffee collection from difficult to reach areas.

Natural disaster fund

In Aceh, the KSU Arinagata community have suffered high rainfall and fatal landslides. The cooperative have used the Fairtrade Premium to create a social fund. This provides first aid and food provisions for victims of landslides.

Challenges identified by KSU Arinagata

  • Education is expensive for farmers. Most KSU members manage to send their children to school but further education is often impossible and most return to farming.
  • Reliance on income from coffee is a problem for the community. The village groups are developing plans to buy cows. Not only will the cows provide milk to sell in the market, they intend to use the manure to improve the quality of the soil, and support their organic production system.
  • Soil fertility has suffered in recent years due to heavy rains. Natural fertile matter has been washed away and the soil can be very sandy. The cooperative are planning to make strong investments in this using the Fairtrade Premium.



The profile above was provided to us to use by the Fairtrade Foundation, you can find out more about the Fairtrade Fortnight and the foundation here.



600 – 1,200m

Under 1.2 hectares on average

Total area of production:
1,340 ha

Growing practices:
100% organic

Coffee variety:

Coffee quality:
Double sorted Sumatra Mandheling grade 1. Medium to full body, medium acidity, berries, complex notes of orange, leather, caramel.

September – May


Members of KSU Arinagata ©Fair Trade USA
‘Waserda’: KSU Arinagata is organizing small shops in remote communities. © Fairtrade International
Mahyanah is the secretary of KSU Arinagata. She’s standing in front of temporary housing following an earthquake that destroyed the cooperative headquarters in 2013. ©Triangle Coffee


We have produced a video interviewing staff and students about what they think of Fairtrade.

Have look and let us know what you think!