The Fairly Educated initiative and Conference has been endorsed by a wide range of supporters.
‘The Fairly Educated Conference not only gives you the information and knowledge required on ethical consumption and Fair trade, but also the networks and tools necessary to do something meaningful with that information. If you are passionate about seeing your university lead the way as an ethical institution, I would highly recommend getting along to the Fairly Educated Conference.’
National Director of VGen, Youth movement of World Vision (www.vgen.org)
‘The Fair Trade Association is proud to support and endorse the Fairly Educated Conference (FEC). FEC provides a valuable opportunity to increase your understanding of Fair Trade and gives you the practical skills to take that learning back to your campus. It is also a unique chance to meet other inspiring students, academics and Fair Trade advocates. A must for those interested in Fair Trade and making the world fairer through your purchases choices.’
CEO Fair Trade Association Australia & New Zealand (www.fta.org.au)
‘In a world where it’s often difficult to know how one person can make a difference, buying Fairtrade products is an easy way of helping to reduce extreme poverty through your everyday life. Fairly Educated is a terrific initiative for building the Fairtrade movement on university campuses across Australia.’
Then Chief Executive Officer, Oaktree Foundation (www.theoaktree.org)
‘Fairly Educated presents a fantastic opportunity for university students who want to see a more socially just world. Jump on the website to share resources and experiences to assist one another in ensuring the products that are consumed on your campuses are free from exploitation. By getting your universities to purchase Fair Trade products, you are contributing to Making Poverty History, when you then share your resources and experiences, you are making an even bigger difference.’
Rev Tim Costello
Chief Executive Officer, World Vision Australia (www.worldvision.com.au)
‘It’s great to see students and young people getting involved, pooling their intellectual capital and time into project that make a difference. As a huge supporter of fairer trade and the CEO of an organisation working to end extreme poverty by growing public awareness and increasing the number and effectiveness of people working to achieve this goal, I’m highly optimistic about the idea of an organisation operating at the global campus level to promote and grow support for fair trade and fair trade certified products within the university setting. GPP will definitely be following the activities of Fairly Educated!’
Founder of The Oaktree Foundation and Chief Executive Officer of The Global Poverty Project (http://www.globalpovertyproject.com)
‘At the Institute for Economics and Peace we believe that the world’s most intractable issues will be most cooperatively addressed if we had a greater state of peace. Economic growth, a fair distribution of a country’s services and better education are three key drivers of peace. I believe that Fairly Educated Initiative is an innovative project that aims to bring together these three structures of peace. As such it is a commendable effort and a catalyst for positive change that I urge others to support.’
Steve Killelea AM
Founder, Institute for Economics and Peace (www.economicsandpeace.org)
‘As winner of the inaugural 2010 Green Award for a Sustainable Venture in the Sydney Genesis Business Competition, Fairly Educated provides a leading example of how students during their university experience can learn, develop and support sustainability initiatives that begin locally and expand globally.’
Dr Lesley Treleaven
Educating for Sustainability in Business Project, University of Sydney (www.educatingforsustainability.com)
‘The purchasing of Fair Trade certified products plays an important role in tackling extreme poverty and providing sustainable livelihoods for producers in developing countries. The widespread Fair Trade accreditation of Universities in the United Kingdom, which has largely been promoted by the not for profit organisation, People and Planet, has been an important part of a strong Fair Trade movement which directly impacting developing communities. After working with the leadership team of Fairly Educated, I have complete confidence that Fairly Educated could play the same role in Australia, New Zealand and Beyond.’
then Business Development Officer, Fair Trade Association of Australia and New Zealand (www.fta.org.au)
‘What a great idea – we are what we buy! We only get to vote every three or four years but we buy things every day and buying fair-trade is a critical aspect of building a better world.’
Senior Researcher, World Vision Australia (www.worldvision.com.au)
‘University students are starting to expose “the story behind the barcode.” Once students aroundthe globe make socially conscious consumer choices, global investment and production will change. There is perhaps no other demographic that corporate marketers care more about. That’s precisely why Fairly Educated is a strategically vital development in the social movement for justice.’
President and Co-Founder, Not For Sale (www.notforsalecampaign.org)
‘Fairly Educated is a great initiative to ensure that universities buy products that are certified as fair trade products, seeking to ensure that producers receive fairer prices and workers have better working conditions.
Unfortunately most global trade is still not fair, but is conducted through trade agreements dominated by transnational corporations based in the strongest economies, promoting increased deregulation and competition which leads to a race to the bottom on labour rights, environmental standards and other social regulation.
This means we need to organise and pressure governments to change the global trading system, to ensure that trade agreements are based on agreed international standards for labour rights and environmental protections, and ensure that governments can regulate to protect health, human rights, labour rights and the environment.
The Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network (AFTINET) is a network of community organisations that advocates against unjust trade agreements and for a fair trading system based on human rights, labour rights and environmental sustainability.’
Dr Patricia Ranald
Convener, Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network (www.aftinet.org.au)