Partnership and engagement (sustainability)

AUT staff clearing rubbish at Otara CreekAUT is engaging with businesses, industry suppliers and the community, and some of these relationships include sustainability principles.

Examples of partnerships and engagement

Industry partnerships 

Our collaboration with industry and business is producing some great outcomes.

AUT Big Clean Up

AUT partnered with the Manukau Beautification Charitable Trust in April 2016 for the AUT Big Clean Up. Around 75 AUT staff and whānau worked to clean up a section of the Otara Creek on a Saturday morning – including removing 15 car tyres from part of the creek. 

AuSM Sustainability Club 

The AuSM Sustainability Club encourages students at AUT to walk the talk on environmental and social causes. The club works to promote sustainability projects and is active in raising student awareness and involvement.

AuSM Sustainability Club on AuSM website 

Principles for Responsible Management Education partnership

AUT’s Business School is a signatory to the United Nations' Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) initiative. The PRME provides a framework for integrating corporate responsibility and sustainability into the Business School and supports their vision to “transform lives and change business”. 


AUT is supporting Fairtrade through our buying decisions. All of AUT’s cafés (The Counter, #newsfeed, Kaife and Refuel) only sell Fairtrade certified coffee. Fairtrade certified coffee beans, instant coffee and tea is made available in all staff rooms.

Conscious Consumer Accreditation

AUT’s four cafés are Conscious Consumer accredited under four badges:

  • Eco-packaging
  • BYO containers
  • Recycling
  • Vegetarian/vegan. 

Counter, Refuel and #newsfeed are also in the process of applying for the composting badge.   

Sustainable Business Network

AUT is a member of the Sustainable Business Network (SBN) and has been rewarded for efforts in transport, energy consumption and waste.

The SBN supports businesses across New Zealand to operate in a beneficial way to communities, employees and our natural environment.

AUT’s sustainability goals 2012-2022. pdf icon (4 pages, 390 kB) 

Last updated: 22-Jun-2016 4.02pm

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