Fair Trade Universities are sweeping the country, doubling in number in the last 12 months. This means that many of the products on these universities are now ethically sourced. This September two overarching university organisations for Australia and New Zealand (TAG and ACTS) have an opportunity to contribute to this movement! TAG and ACTS oversee wholesale procurement and sustainability policy for universities respectively. Without their support the movement of Fair Trade Universities will be severely restrained. Ask them to pass resolutions at their annual conferences in September stating that they will do everything they can to help their university members seek Fair Trade accreditation by the end of 2015.
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What are we asking for?
We are asking two of the most influential organisations in the tertiary education sector, the Tertiary Access Group (TAG) and Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability (ACTS), to pass resolutions at their annual conferences in late September to do everything in their power to assist their members to become Fair Trade accredited by the end of 2015.
Why Fair Trade Universities?
Fair Trade is a certification system where farmers in developing countries are paid a minimum price for their product and other labour and environmental standards apply. In Australia and New Zealand these products are most commonly tea, coffee and chocolate.
It is possible for a tertiary institution to receive an accreditation from the Fair Trade Association of Australia and New Zealand (http://www.fta.org.au/) for having a proportion of the products available on their campuses Fair Trade.
If every university in Australia and New Zealand switched to using fair trade coffee, tea and chocolate on their campuses, the positive impacts for hundreds of thousands farmers in the developing world would be incredible.
Why TAG and ACTS?
TAG is the largest organisation that coordinates bulk procurement in the tertiary education sector in Australia (http://www.tertiaryaccessgroup.com.au/). TAG represents 63 campus organisations servicing nearly 200 campuses nationally; a market of more than a million Australian tertiary students. TAG insists on fantastic environmental standards for the products they procure. However Fair Trade also needs to be made a priority for TAG’s members.
ACTS is the primary forum for sustainability in the Australian and New Zealand tertiary education sector (http://www.acts.asn.au/). Almost every university in Australia and New Zealand is a member of ACTS. ACTS plays a pivotal role pioneering university sustainability. We wish to see Fair Trade accreditation be made a higher priority for ACTS members.
Fairly Educated, as an organisation which focuses on universities, is primarily seeking this ask for the university members of these groups, however we hope that any resolution passed would also help facilitate fair trade accreditation for other tertiary education institutions.
What is Fairly Educated?
Fairly Educated is a not-for-profit, volunteer run organisation, which assists tertiary students and staff in seeking Fair Trade Accreditation for their educational institution. Primarily Fairly Educated focuses on universities in Australia and New Zealand. To learn more please visit: www.fairlyeducated.com
I would like the Tertiary Access Group and Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability to pass resolutions at their annual general meeting in late September 2012, stating that they will do everything in their power to assist their members to become Fair Trade accredited by the end of 2015.
I think Fair Trade products would be a great addition to the work you currently do to promote sustainability.
Thank you for your time.