Incorporating sustainability principles, social responsibility and fair labour practices into Humber’s purchasing process is a key component of our Sustainability Plan. We encourage staff, students and faculty to make purchasing decisions that balance the values of people, profit and the planet. To formalize our commitment, sustainability standards are now factored into our purchasing RFP matrix.


Corporate Purchasing

Companies that do business with Humber are required to meet our sustainability guidelines and performance expectations. We review the environmental implications of the products and services that we purchase and evaluate our suppliers on their corporate commitment to sustainable practices. This rigorous approach to purchasing has allowed us to significantly reduce the environmental impact of Humber’s daily operations and to integrate sustainability into all aspects of campus life.


As an academic institution, paper use is a major concern. These sustainable approaches can reduce paper use:

Develop campus-wide guidelines to switch to digital media when possible. The introduction of digital textbooks and Blackboard can greatly reduce the amount of paper student's use. For staff, Humber significantly reduces paper use by storing invoices and records digitally.

Increase the practice of double-sided printing. A large portion of what we print simply does not need to be printed single-sided. The default on all college printers is double sided.

Increasing the recycled content of copy paper. By shifting the type of paper we purchase, and the way we purchase it, all paper used at Humber College can cause less environmental harm. Humber purchases recycled paper that contains minimum 50% post-consumer waste (PCW) and Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified.

Humber Paper Purchasing Guideline

Find out more about paper use and its impacts visit: World Wildlife Fund: 6 Steps to responsible paper purchasing and World Wildlife Fund: Paper Guide


"Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers" (Fairtrade Canada). Look for their logo to be sure what you are buying is Fairtrade.

Some of the many benefits of Fairtrade products are: 

  • Farmer-owned cooperatives invest in community health programs and build roads and schools
  • Farmers are encouraged to adopt environmentally-friendly practices including organic farming
  • Fairtrade shifts power to cooperatives and farmers, who negotiate on their own terms
  • Farmers are ensured a fair and stable price for their products

You can find Fairtrade coffee on campus at:

  • North: Gourmet Express, Java Jazz, GH Cafe, LRC Cart (3rd floor), Starbucks (espresso only) and the staff lounge
  • Lakeshore: F Building Media Buzz and at Starbucks Coffee you can find Fairtrade Italian Roast and at times, we also have Fairtrade Espresso
  • Tea and Chocolate at Lakeshore Campus: Numi Tea is available at F Building Media Buzz and Fairtrade Dairy Milk chocolate bars are available at every food outlet on Campus. 
  • You can always request Fairtrade-only coffee through Catering



HummPIRG (Humber Public Interest Research Group) is a student group working on getting Humber designated as a Fairtrade Campus. Find out more in this video!  You can email them, visit their website, and follow them on Twitter and Facebook.