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The Fair Trade Collective

Promoting Fair Trade on campus and ensuring that the University maintains its status as a Fair Trade Accredited University.

The Fair Trade Collective are a passionate group of students from diverse backgrounds whose goal is to make the University a more ethical and socially responsible place to work and study.

It was through the Collective that the University became the State’s first Fair Trade University in 2012, when its bid to the Fair Trade Association of Australia & New Zealand (FTANZ) was approved.

By becoming Fair Trade accredited, the University joins a global network of non-government organisations tackling poverty and empowering producers through trade. It means that the University is recognised as an official provider of Fairtrade Certified™ products, such as coffee, tea, chocolate and sugar, across all of its campuses.

Read more about fair trade and sustainable purchasing.

Achievements of the Collective

  • 2016
    • Recruited new members of the Fair Trade Collective, including at the 2016 O’Week Stall and the Fair Trade Information Session held in collaboration with Flinders University Fair Trade Collective.
    • Increased Fair Trade Collective presence at as many on-campus events as possible.
    • Fashion Revolution Week movie screening of The True Cost.
    • Hosted three staff morning teas to encourage the purchase of Fair Trade products for use in staff kitchens and to educate staff on the Fair Trade movement and the work of the Fair Trade Collective.
    • Involved in the Adelaide University Union's 'Clubsland' event.
    • Attendance by five members at the Fairly Educated Conference 2016 in Geelong.
    • Investigated Fair Trade merchandise options for the university, including to build relationships with retailers, managers and merchandise stockists.
  • 2015
    • Co-hosted the Fairly Educated Conference in Adelaide with Flinders University.
    • The Collective is a finalist in the ACTS Green Gown Award, Student Engagement category.
    • Worked with Ecoversity to produce a video promoting Fair Trade at the University.
    • Distributed Fairtrade sample packs to 12 areas of the University.
    • Promoted Fair Trade at Open Day, Clubsland and during O-Week.
    • Partnered with the Oxfam group, vGen and Amnesty Club to host the Mad Hatters Tea Party during Fair Trade Fortnight.
  • 2014
    • Produced the first UoA Fair Trade Report.
    • Promoted Fair Trade at Ride to Uni Day, Open Day and the Clubs Association re-launch.
    • Partnered with Oxfam Group in holding numerous market stalls around campus.
    • Hosted a documentary screening and afternoon tea event for Fair Trade Fortnight.
    • The Co-Convener talks on Radio Adelaide about Fair Trade.
    • Members raise awareness of Fair Trade at the WOMADelaide Festival.
    • FTC mailing list reaches 300 members.
    • The Fair Trade Collective stall at O'Week is awarded 'Best Stall of the Day' by the AUU
    • 6 members of the Fair Trade Collective participate in the Fairly Educated Conference in Brisbane
  • 2013
    • Members talk on Radio Adelaide about ethical consumption
    • Helped raise money for Seven Women as part of Anti-Poverty Week
    • 5 members of the Fair Trade Collective participate in the Fairly Educated student conference in Melbourne
    • Promoted Fair Trade during the Fair Trade and Social Justice Expo
    • Hosted the Trade Today Q&A and Fair Trade Forum with various distinguished guests
  • 2012
    • Hosted numerous market-day stalls around the North Terrace campus
    • Hosted the Trade Today Q&A and Fair Trade Forum with distinguished guests
    • The Fair Trade Collective is officially registered with the AUU as a student club
    • Promoted Fair Trade during the Fair Trade and Social Justice Expo
    • Helped the University of Adelaide gain Fair Trade Accreditation

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The University of Adelaide

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