University of Otago becomes New Zealand's first Fair Trade University
The University of Otago, Dunedin was recognised by the Fair Trade Association as New Zealand's first Fair Trade University in a ceremony held on campus.
The University of Otago has recently made a commitment to implementing responsible procurement, which includes support of Fair Trade products. This means that Fair Trade tea and coffee and other products are now available in staff rooms as well as sales outlets across campus. All residential colleges across campus also use and promote Fair Trade products. This move combined with its general support and promotion of Fair Trade has qualified the university to be awarded Fair Trade status by the Fair Trade Association.
During the ceremony, the Fair Trade Association’s Executive Director, Chris Hartley said, “ The University of Otago’s commitment to Fair Trade sets a great example to other universities throughout New Zealand. By making ethical decisions about the items that we buy, we as consumers can make a big difference to the lives of disadvantaged producers.”
“The University of Otago is to be applauded for making a strong stance in support of vulnerable communities.” said Mr. Hartley.
The University of Otago's Vice-Chancellor Professor Harlene Hayne congratulated staff and students on the accreditation.
“The Fair Trade ethos fits well with our strategic plan and there is no doubt that Fair Trade is a positive and growing movement. It is proof that we act in an ethically, socially and environmentally responsible manner.