SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
Ethical and Respectful Product Design
Our unique School of Product Design offers degree courses that combine Science and Engineering, Creative Design and Business. Graduates develop creative ideas and gain the practical business skills needed to commercialise new product ideas. The School’s Natural Products Properties and Production course encourages students to be ethical and respectful when using resources from nature in formulated products and focusses on sustainability and cultural issues surrounding the ownership and use of native flora and fauna.
UC for Fair Trade
UC is recognised by the Fair Trade Association of Australian and New Zealand as a Fair Trade University, and we were the first New Zealand entirely Fair Trade campus. We received accreditation back in July 2017, and are incredibly proud of this achievement. Being recognised as Fair Trade means we are committed to being a socially responsible institution. We demonstrate this by supporting Fair Trade growers and producers, purchasing certified products, and using these products in our kitchens and campus retail outlets.
UC Business School is a signatory to the Principles for Responsible Management Education, a global movement to realise the SDGs through responsible management education. Courses strongly align with the SDGs objectives. Examples include a general introduction to the changing responsibilities of business to society and the environment, an overview of sustainability theory and practice in respect to conducting business effectively, investigating current forms of social and environmental accounting and reporting by a range of entities, examining contemporary strategies and issues in tourism marketing and management, and foundational concepts for understanding sustainability from a business perspective.
Campus Master Plan
Our Campus Master Plan (guiding our built infrastructure for the next 20-30 years) incorporates design principles that celebrate the campus’s natural landscape and open spaces. For example, endemic natives are to be planted both sides of all three tributary streams that flow through our campus, to improve biodiversity. Another design principle focusses on energy and activities on campus. Our dedicated, full-time, Energy Manager is responsible for actively implementing and managing a reduction in our consumption of energy, water and carbon emissions.
In 2020 our Sustainability Office released new waste messaging that introduced the idea of the waste hierarchy. Having asked our UC community for ten years to think about what items go in which waste bins, we now want to urge people to consume less and produce less waste. In 2021 we plan to conduct an extensive waste audit to test whether our messaging has been successful and to help us understand if there are any particular locations on campus we need to be better prepared for.
We are an entirely Fair Trade campus. Our finance practices incorporate sustainable procurement, considering the environmental, social and economic consequences of design, materials used, manufacturing methods, logistics and disposal. Purchasing is conducted using our electronic central purchasing tool Unimarket, which directly interfaces with our primary Financial Management Information System (Oracle EBS). Comprehensive finance practices user guides are made available to staff online.