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Fair Trade is much more than a fair price!

Dining Services purchases and serves Fair Trade coffee, teas, chocolate, and sugar. You can find at least two Fair Trade products in all of our dining locations on campus.  Fairly Traded Coffee is the standard in our dining operations.  Holy Grounds locations serve Peet's coffee which is fairly traded.  We serve Equal Exchange coffee in our other retail and resident dining operations. Equal Exchange is proud to partner with Catholic Relief Services to help make a positive impact for farmer co-ops worldwide, and it all starts with your parish!


  • Fair Price - Democratically organized farmer groups receive a guaranteed minimum floor price and an additional premium for certified organic products. Farmer organizations are also eligible for pre-harvest credit.
  • Fair Labor Conditions - Workers on Fair Trade farms enjoy freedom of association, safe working conditions, and living wages. Forced child labor is strictly prohibited.
  • Direct Trade - With Fair Trade, importers purchase from Fair Trade producer groups as directly as possible, eliminating unnecessary middlemen and empowering farmers to develop the business capacity necessary to compete in the global marketplace.
  • Democratic and Transparent Organizations - Fair Trade farmers and farm workers decide democratically how to invest Fair Trade revenues.
  • Community Development - Fair Trade farmers and farm workers invest Fair Trade premiums in social and business development projects like scholarship programs, quality improvement trainings, and organic certification.
  • Environmental Sustainability - Harmful agrochemicals and GMOs are strictly prohibited in favor of environmentally sustainable farming methods that protect farmers’ health and preserve valuable ecosystems for future generations.

Read more about Fair Trade principles from The Fair Trade Foundation.


Holy Grounds and Peet's Coffee

Learn why our Holy Grounds locations on Villanova University's campus proudly brew Peet's Coffee. 

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On Wednesday, April 17, 2013, Villanova University was officially recognized as only the 14th Fair Trade University campus in the United States. Villanova University has been a leader in supporting and cultivating fair trade initiatives on campus for more than a decade, and based on its commitment has been awarded “Fair Trade University” status by Fair Trade USA. As a Fair Trade University, Villanova is committed to raising awareness among students, faculty and staff about the benefits fair trade offers small-scale producers and workers, and embedding fair trade principles within administrative policy and the university community.

The Fair Trade movement promotes commercial partnerships that seek greater equity in international trade through dialogue, transparency and respect. Fair Trade also contributes to sustainable development by offering better trading conditions to, and securing the rights of, marginalized producers and workers.  The Fair Trade Colleges and Universities (FTCU) initiative strives to inspire institutions of higher learning to support the Fair Trade movement in its efforts to seek equity in trade and promote sustainable development.

“This commitment to fair trade reflects the deeper nature of Villanova’s mission,” said Will Stehl, Fair Trade University committee chair and associate director of the Center for Peace and Justice Education at Villanova University. “Achieving Fair Trade status signifies our institution’s commitment to global solidarity and the common good by integrating Fair Trade principles and practices into our policies, and into the overall foundation of our community.”

In addition to being named a Fair Trade University, Villanova has been recognized as a “Green College” by the Princeton Review and one of the “Most Sustainable Universities in the Nation” according to the Sierra Club “Cool Schools” ranking.

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