Operate fairly and locally

  • We offer traded, organic coffee, tea, lemonades, and snack-bars.
  • Milk products as well as the organic oat-drink are sourced from a local dairy.
  • Our organic soy yoghurt alternative is produced regionally.
  • The eggs we process come mainly from a local free-range poultry farm.
  • We offer potatoes from local producers.
  • Our beef and pork come from the regions of Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria.
  • We offer fresh poultry meat from producers in Germany and Alsace.
  • Our apple juice is bottled locally.
  • We offer pasta from a regional producer.
  • We purchase fresh-baked goods from bakeries in the region.
  • We offer fresh fruit and vegetables, locally grown potatoes, and our regional asparagus is certified organic.

Operate responsibly and sustainably

  • Our products are not genetically modified.
  • Oils, frying fat, and deep-frying fat are purely vegetable and are cholesterol-free.
  • We work closely with our suppliers to ensure compliance with our specifications.
  • We purchase products without additives whenever possible.
  • Sustainable alternatives to disposable cups are available.
  • We support the Initiative “Huhn und Hahn Baden-Württemberg” (an initiative against the killing of chicks in laying hen farms).

Undergo regular inspections

  • Öko-certifications take place in all our cafés and some refectories (DE-ÖKO-007).
  • Our hygiene concept is inspected by an external hygiene institute.


  • Take home leftovers (reduces food waste).
  • If you are not hungry, ask for a smaller plate at the counter (reduces food waste).
  • Use returnable cups instead of disposable ones (waste avoidance).
  • Opt for fewer meat dishes; we always offer vegetarian or vegan alternatives (climate).
  • Use salt and pepper in portions: first try, and then take! Or bring it back to the counter or station (waste avoidance).
  • Only take as many napkins as you need

Animal welfare: European broiler chicken initiative

The European Broiler Chicken Initiative originates from a coalition of around 30 animal welfare and animal rights organisations with the essential aim of improving the keeping of broiler chickens. In doing so, important topics such as stocking density, limiting overbreeding, light and employment material are addressed.

As Studierendenwerk Freiburg, we support this initiative and commit to implementing the requirements of the European Broiler Chicken Initiative ( for 100% of (purchased) chicken meat by 2026 at the latest. We publish annual reports on the progress of implementation and ensure compliance with the standards through independent audits.

Until meat is available that meets all criteria of the European Broiler Chicken Initiative, Studierendenwerk Freiburg will use similar offers such as the entry level of an animal welfare level of the German Animal Welfare Association and gradually increase their share in the assortment.

We are continuously expanding our range of vegetarian and vegan meals. We are continuously raising the animal welfare standards for the meat dishes.

Nachhaltige Mensa AG

We are in regular contact with the Nachhaltige Mensa AG. The Nachhaltige Mensa AG is committed to better communication and exchange between the student union and students regarding all Mensa issues, as well as to more sustainability (e.g. more regional and seasonal food, plant-based alternatives).