Ethical Purchasing

Whether purchasing paper, coffee or construction materials, we can reduce adverse environmental and social impacts by buying 'better' products.

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All purchasing considerations should include;

  • the environmental cost of sourcing the product
  • the life-cycle cost, i.e. whether the product be reused or recycled
  • whether the product has an ethical certification
  • where the product has been produced and the distance it’s traveled to get to you.

What you can do

  • Only buy what you need.
  • Choose 100% recycled Australian-made copy paper, paper towel and tissues.
  • Ensure all single-use catering items are 100% compostable.
  • Buy tea and coffee with an ethical certification, such as Fair Trade, UTZ or Rainforest Alliance.
  • If purchasing stationery, furniture or office items from WINC, filter by 'Earthsaver' to find the more sustainable alternatives.

Modern Slavery

Slavery was abolished years ago, but slavery and child labor are still being used to make many of the products we buy - even those produced in Australia. The Modern Slavery Act 2018 requires big businesses, including the University, to publish annual statements on actions to address modern slavery in their operations and supply chains.

Read more about how the University is responding to the Modern Slavery Act.

DID YOU KNOW: In 2016, there were more than 40 million people worldwide working in conditions of modern slavery producing goods for the global marketplace.

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