Fair Trade

Fair Trade


The Fair Trade Policy establishes how Macquarie University will embed Fair Trade products into its business practices whilst also complying with relevant legislation.



To outline how Macquarie University will embed Fair Trade products into its business practices whilst also complying with relevant legislation.


Macquarie University (the University) assigns great importance to its role within global society and is committed to making environmentally and   socially responsible changes by incorporating sustainability into its actions   and practices. While the University has adopted sustainable purchasing through its Procurement Policy, this policy   specifically addresses the concept of Fair Trade products.

The purpose is to allow Fair Trade producers to enjoy a better standard of living. By adopting a Fair Trade policy Macquarie University is   making a clear statement towards ethical practices.

Fair Trade: products that have been produced in an ethically responsible manner. That is, those who produce the products are paid a fair price for the work undertaken. This is in contrast to many products which are made where workers receive remuneration well below the poverty line. Refer to Fairtrade Australia and New Zealand for a more detailed understanding.


The policy applies to any staff, student, visitor or contractor who is responsible for purchasing products for the business of the University.


Macquarie University is committed to supporting, using and promoting Fair Trade products. It will confirm that commitment by:
  • establishing a Fair Trade Action Group to support, monitor and promote the use of Fair Trade products across the University
  • ensuring suppliers are asked to provide Fair Trade options where reasonably practicable for all relevant products when tendering
  • selling as many Fair Trade products, as is reasonably practicable, across campus in shops and other outlets.  Where it is not reasonably practicable (for reasons of price, product availability or contractual obligations) to sell Fair Trade, the University and its subsidiaries are committed to begin selling Fair Trade   products as soon as it becomes reasonably practicable.  For every product that is stocked in the University and/or U@MQ outlets, for which there is a Fair Trade alternative, that alternative will also be stocked
  • serving Fair Trade foods (eg tea and coffee) at all University hosted meetings and major hospitality events (eg Open Day, Graduations) with a commitment to increasing the use of Fair Trade products as it becomes   possible to do so
  • promoting the sale of Fair Trade products through:
    • participation in awareness raising events during Fair Trade fortnight and at other key times   throughout the year
    • displaying Fair Trade promotional material on University noticeboards and in all places where Fair   Trade products are sold
    • publishing articles and other relevant material in student communications and in other publications.

All staff and students of Macquarie University will be actively encouraged to support the Fair Trade Policy.

The University may commence applicable disciplinary procedures if a person to whom this Policy applies breaches this Policy (or any of its related procedures).

Policy Information

Contact OfficerDirector of Sustainability
Date Approved20 November 2014
Approval Authority

Vice-President Finance and Resources

Date of Commencement20 November 2014
Amendment History

27 February 2020 - Approval Authority updated to Vice-President Finance and Resources in accordance with University Delegations of Authority.

12 September 2019 – Minor amendment: reference to Procurement Handbook updated to Procurement Policy, and removed reference to rescinded Purchasing Procedure.

29 May 2017 - updated Approval Authority from Chief Operating Officer to Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Vice-Chancellor.

Date for Next ReviewNovember 2017
Related DocumentsProcurement Policy 
Sustainability Policy / Procedure
Sustainability Strategy
Policies / Rules Superseded by this PolicyFair Trade Policy approved 22 October 2009
KeywordsFair Trade, Ethical Purchasing, Purchasing, Sustainability, CSR
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