Students and staff have been working towards the award by promoting and raising awareness of Fairtrade and making more such products available at its campuses.
Currently the university offers food, drinks and clothing at its campuses in Chichester and Bognor Regis and will continue to expand its range of products as well.
It will also be working to highlight the benefits buying these products brings to producers in developing countries.
Students' union president Casper Beade said: "Our students' union has been dealing in the supply of Fairtrade products for a number of years now, from foodstuffs to a range of university clothing.
"As the students' voice we are very happy to work with the university to campaign to raise awareness and to increase the availability of Fairtrade products in order to support farmers in countries in need of development."
The university's vice-chancellor, Robin Baker said: "As one of the largest institutions in West Sussex, and as a university with a Christian foundation, we are committed to supporting a fair deal for producers in the developing world. This commitment is shared by staff and students alike."
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