Deakin University is committed to Fairtrade. Deakin University was granted Fairtrade accreditation in 2012. We are the 7th University in Australia to be accredited.
To commemorate the event an official launch was held in October 2012, opened by the Vice Chancellor. Students studying Creating Sustainable Futures also took part by developing a YouTube clip all about Fairtrade at Deakin. Check out their great work.
What does this mean for Deakin?
Download the fact sheet (PDF, 186.7 KB) about Deakin's accreditation and future plans for Fairtrade.
Thank you to the amazing and passionate Deakin Students who have applied. The two successful students were Melody Murton and Robert Gentle.
"I am thrilled- humbly so- to have been selected to participate in Deakin University's Fairtrade India Experience. I began a Master of Communication at Deakin at the beginning of 2014, and was looking forward to building my professional writing skills, learning from a wealth of teaching staff and fellow students, and coming away with a nice degree at the end of it all. It seems, though, that my time at Deakin will be marked by a learning experience far richer and more memorable than what I could have expected. What a privilege to be invited to practice my story-sharing skills from the communities of Fairtrade producers in India! Writing and social justice have been two of my greatest passions in life so far, and I can't wait to see them come together through this opportunity. I'm so glad that Deakin is seeking ways to strengthen its partnership as a Fairtrade-accredited university, and I'd like to thank Procurement Services, DUSA, REHO Travel, 3Fish and Staples for the chance to participate in the Fairtrade India Experience."
"Being part of the India Fairtrade Experience offers a huge opportunity to learn, experience and engage with like-minded individuals. Being able to see Fairtrade in practice will provide me with first-hand knowledge of how a sustainable supply chain can work in practice. Even having the ability to meet and stay with local producers offers an invaluable experience that otherwise I would not have encountered. I am extremely grateful for this experience and eagerly look forward to its commencement."
Interested in Fairtrade? Join Deakin's VGen club!
What is VGen? VGen (Vision Generation) is an Australia-wide grassroots youth movement connected with World Vision. VGen members are 15-25 year olds who aim to inspire, educate and empower young people to respond to social injustice and poverty throughout the world.You can find out more about what VGen does by visiting their website.
VGen Deakin runs cabinets selling fairtrade items at the Natural 1 Cafe at Waurn Ponds; these will also be introduced to the Waterfront and Burwood in the coming months.
VGen Deakin also supports Thabiso Siile, a 4 year old boy from Lesotho. People in Lesotho's population live on less than $1.25 a day - as a result, one-quarter of children aged below three have stunted growth due to malnourishment.
Why get involved? Through Deakin's VGen club, you can get involved with fundraising, education, social awareness and action! Joining VGen is a fantastic opportunity to use your talents for a worthwhile cause - you don't need experience, just a passion to make a difference!
VGen also provides you with an opportunity to add to your CV, as corporate social responsibility is at the forefront of most businesses today. It is not a demanding or time consuming role but the rewards are extensive!
How to get involved: Contact Ally Wimmer to join or more information!