When accepted as a member of the Fairtrade network, the University of Turku had to fulfill certain prerequisites, according to which approximately half of the faculties and the Student Union had to commit to using Fairtrade coffee and tea.
When joining the network, the University issued a policy that Fairtrade coffee and tea are served in all University events and that all the campus restaurants offer Fairtrade coffee and tea. In the last academic year, the restaurants also added other Fairtrade products to their selections. The Student Union and several of its organisations were already following the requirements when the University joined the network. In the last academic year, this group grew significantly.
The Fairtrade system has been created to improve the position of farmers in developing countries in international trade. The Fairtrade coffee producers always get at least the Fairtrade guarantee price for their products, which covers the costs of sustainable production. In addition, the farmers get a Fairtrade Premium which is an extra sum of money paid on top of the selling price that farmers or workers invest in projects of their choice. Fairtrade imposes strict environmental criteria for farming and forbids forced labour and use of child labour.