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Otago's commitment to social responsibility


Here at Otago, we recognise the importance of social responsibility and are involved with the following programmes and initiatives.

Smoke-free campus

The University’s Dunedin campus has been completely smoke-free since January 2014, a move that brought it into line with Otago’s other campuses in Christchurch, Wellington and Invercargill. The revised smoke-free policy enhances the outstanding campus experience that the University offers its staff and students and is consistent with its mission statement, which sets out Otago’s aim of promoting individuals' development and wellbeing. For further information about the smoke-free campus, visit the Smoke-free Campus website.

Becoming a Fairtrade university

The University of Otago is committed to acting in an ethically, socially and environmentally responsible manner. We also place a strong emphasis on educating our students so that they are equipped to meet societal challenges; acquiring knowledge of ethics, ethical standards and social responsibility. The University of Otago became an accredited Fairtrade university in October 2013 – New Zealand’s first!

Fair trade is a socially responsible way of doing business. It emphasises principles of fairness and decency in the marketplace, and respect for the environment, which translates into better deals for farmers and producers in developing countries.

Before we could apply for certification from the Fairtrade Association of Australia and New Zealand, we had to meet a number of criteria.  Do your bit to support fair trade and spread the word.

World Vision partnership


The University of Otago signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with World Vision in October 2013, a first between a New Zealand academic institution and the New Zealand office of World Vision.

The partnership, part of the University’s strategic vision to engage with the community, brings academics and students together with the charity’s administrators to collaborate on research, development and debate to help the fight against global poverty.

World Vision has taken part in the Otago Business School summer intern programme, offering six different projects in World Vision New Zealand’s Auckland office.