RMIT is leading by example and since 2009, the university has been acknowledged as a Fair Trade University by the Fair Trade Association.Our students and staff individually and collectively make decisions which impact the world around us, in committing to supporting fair trade we are embedding those values into the broader university population.
What is Fair Trade?
Fair trade recognises that there are many issues and inequities within the current global trading system. It seeks to address these issues by creating sustainable livelihoods and positive change for disadvantaged producers and workers. Fair Trade encourages fairer global trading practices throughout the supply chain from producer to consumer.
These practices of fair trade are underpinned by the World Fair Trade Organisation’s 10 Fair Trade Principles.
A Fair trade University
Fair trade can be promoted both at an individual level but also at a community level. In 2009 RMIT, along with Macquarie University was announced as the first Fair Trade University in Australia by the Fair Trade Association. The Fair Trade Association has recognised a number of universities throughout Australia and New Zealand as Fair Trade Universities. As a Fair Trade University we are committed to using fair trade products where possible on our campuses, and promoting fair and ethical trade. Since our accreditation we have made Fairtrade certified clothing available in our campus store, worked with retailers on campus to encourage them to serve Fairtrade certified products, prioritise Fairtrade tea and coffee as the default in our kitchens and tea points. We also fund a student role to support education and awareness in our community, through events like Fair Trade Fortnight.
Fairtrade on campus
You can purchase Fairtrade certified coffee at the following locations on campus:
Fair Trade in the Campus Store
Providing ethically-sourced products at an accessible price point to students is at the core of the RMIT Campus Store’s merchandise buying policy. The Campus Store currently offers a range of Fairtrade certified merchandise
Shop online or see the range on the Campus Store website.
You can find Fairtrade tea and coffee brands in RMIT’s kitchens, tea points and meeting rooms. Staff can order these through the P2P procurement system online, simply search for ‘Fairtrade’ within the Winc catalogue.
Events and News
Look out for Fair Trade at sustainability events throughout the year.
We also collaborate on campus with other large-scale events throughout the year including; Orientation Week, Open Day and external events such as the Sustainable Living festival.
Be the first to know
Melanie Lazelle, our previous Fair Trade Coordinator visited India to trace RMIT’s ethical supply chains. She witnessed first-hand the positive impact that being a Fair Trade University is having on producers.
Read the news article about this trip.
Please contact RMIT’s Fair Trade Coordinator via firstname.lastname@example.org for any support, information, or to discuss ideas.