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.
Deakin Procurement Services have partnered with REHO Travel to offer two Deakin students a Fairtrade Experience to India. Two students will be offered voluntary experiences to meet the Fairtrade India Consortium and some of the producers that they assist.
This is a fully funded program commencing mid- November to mid-December depending on available flights. The students will be required and be prepared to volunteer for activities related to the Fair Trade Experience. Students will be required to submit an application by 5:00pm on Friday 15 August, 2014
Students will be given the opportunity to work and homestay with artisans and/or producers of Fair Trade products and to learn and experience how Fairtrade positively effects the wealth and economy of a number of communities in north central India. Fairtrade products range from 'Farm to Fashion' where you may visit a farm that produces Fair Trade organic cotton and be involved in farming, spinning and production (that is witness the full supply chain). This experience will provide a firsthand knowledge on how Fair Trade effects entire communities and you will meet those working and benefiting from these Fair Trade involvement.
Students who care about corporate social values and its link to globalisation and demand will benefit from this amazing hands on experience. Deakin successful students will be required to complete a blog along with a report on the experience. These will be shared across the Fair Trade Universities and Through the Fair Trade Australian website. This hands on journey will broaden the knowledge of Fairtrade, equality and social values and Fair Trades role in global consumerism.
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 support 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!