Duquesne Brings Global Marketplace and Perspectives to Campus for Fair Trade Week

Faculty, staff and students will have the opportunity to purchase ethically sourced products from around the world and enjoy special activities as part of this year’s Fair Trade Week, which will run from Monday, Nov. 27, through Thursday, Nov. 30.

“Fair trade gives global market access to artisans and producers in developing countries who would not normally be able to sell goods on a larger scale,” said Spiritan Campus Minister Kate Lecci. “The guiding principles of this business system craft an ethical egalitarian approach to business and reach out to those on the margins. As a Spiritan, Catholic institution, Duquesne strives to work in solidarity with those on the margins and promoting the dignity of all people.”

This year’s Fair Trade Week events include:

  • Fair Trade Marketplace
    Nov. 27 to 30, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., PNC Atrium, Duquesne Union
    Featuring global fair trade and ethically sourced products from around the world and Pittsburgh-based vendors. New participating vendors this year include the Olive Branch (located in Wexford) and Building New Hope, which will sell cups of coffee.
  • Fair Trade and Locally Sourced Dinner
    Tuesday, Nov. 28, 6:30 p.m., Dougherty Ballroom, Power Center
    Participants will learn about fair trade and how to be a responsible consumer.
  • Fair Trade Lunch & Learn
    Nov. 30, Noon, Africa Room, Duquesne Union
    Wendy Farmerie, owner of The Silk Road Fair Trade Market in New Wilmington, Pa., will share her experiences of building relationships with artisans from Nicaragua and Kyrgyzstan who come from varied backgrounds, and will discuss the challenges artisans face globally.

All Fair Trade Week activities are free. For more information or to RSVP for the dinner and/or lunch, visit the Fair Trade Week 2017 website or contact Lecci at leccik@duq.edu or 412.396.5093.