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.

Global Environmental Placement - Nepal - Developing Global Perspectives

Hands on Development Cultural Immersion

Stephanie Woolard and remote village scene

Deakin University are proud to have established a study tour with Award Winning Australian Social Entrepreneur Stephanie Woollard’s aid organisation Seven Women and her tour company ‘Hands on Development’.

This Study tour will focus on Fair Trade principals and Sustainable Development Practices. Hands on Development and Seven Woman has transformed the lives of over 5000 marginalised women in the last decade. In conjunction with Deakin Procurement partners Staples Australia and Reho Travel, two selected students will be fully funded as an opportunity to travel on this recognised program (free of fees). Selecting will address those students who may not have travelled before or who may be the first generation of their family in tertiary education. Students selected by this method will be required to blog and video this tremendous Study Tour. Read more...

Interested in Fairtrade? Join Deakin's Fairtrade Vision club!

What is Fairtrade Vision? Fairtrade Vision is Deakin University's youth movement connected with Fairtrade and Oxfam and World Vision collectively. The Student Movement inspires, educates and empowers young people to respond to social injustice and poverty throughout the world by supporting Grassroots and recognised groups. You can find out more about what Fairtrade Vision does by visiting their website.

Fairtrade Vision Deakin runs cabinets selling Fairtrade items at the Natural 1 Cafe at Waurn Ponds; and the Waterfront Kitchen as tribute to Deakin University being an Accredited Fair Trade University.

Fairtrade Vision 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? Joining Fairtrade Vision is a fantastic opportunity to use your talents for a worthwhile causes from fundraising, education, social awareness and political action programs - you don't need experience, you need passion to make a difference!

As Corporate Social Responsibility is at the forefront of most businesses today, it is a wonderful opportunity to add substance to your CV.

In 2016, The FTV group ran The Fairly Educated Conference (3 day event), OxJam for Geelong, and Market Days for Deakin (x 4). In 2017 the team managed and executed a full day for the Dragon Festival at Deakin, Trivia Night for students, Market Day and OxJam. It is not a demanding or time consuming role but the rewards are extensive.

For further information contact Ally Wimmer on 5227 2677 (Program Mentor).

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