Ethical Purchasing 

The Canadian Federation of Students offers a number of programs and services in order to meet the unique needs of students and to help students’ unions save money.

By combining students’ unions’ promotional material orders from across the country, we can achieve economies of scale. By purchasing in bulk, we can buy high-quality materials at substantially lower prices than any campus organisation could secure individually. By dealing directly with manufacturers, the Canadian Federation of Students brings workers and purchasers closer together so that we know exactly how our materials are made. 

Fair Trade and Union-Made
Through this service, students’ unions directly impact the shape of the promotional materials industry. When we purchase union or cooperatively made materials, other companies feel obligated to offer products that are made under ethical conditions and respect workers’ rights to organize.

Sweatshop-Free Campuses
Holding a sweatshop-free event or adopting a sweatshop-free purchasing policy is an easy way to reduce the impact on the environment and promote ethical labour standards. This service provides students’ unions with union and cooperatively made materials to ensure that our campuses are sweat-free.

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How We’re Leading the Global Cooperative Movement

Through the Canadian Federation of Students-Services, students’ unions across Canada have a direct impact on supporting and improving the lives of single mother’s in El Savlador.

In 2007 the Federation first partnered with the Madres Solteras of El Salvador to bulk purchase 40,000 t-shirts for campus orientation activities. For more than seven years, the Madres Solteras – also known as the Single Mothers’ Cooperative of El Salvador – has been producing sweat-shop free textiles for the Canadian student movement.

The Federation’s initial order of 40,000 t-shirts allowed the Cooperative to relocate to a safer commercial area in San Salvador. The new work space is larger and more secure and includes space to operative a daycare for cooperative members.

Today, the Federation continues to work with the Cooperative to produce a variety of t-shirts, tote bags, shopping bags and laundry bags for students’ unions across Canada.