In order to qualify for AUS funding, events must meet the following criteria as established in the Accountability By-Laws:
Must obtain a minimum of bronze certification from the McGill Office of Sustainability which can be done by sending an approval plan to the AUS Sustainability Consultant
Departments that obtain higher certifications of sustainability for events will be given funding priority with the Financial Management Committee (FMC). The AUS will not issue payments for plastic or paper plates, cups, and cutlery, and we encourage departments to use campus cutlery services such as the Plate Club.
Departments are also expected to adhere to the Ethical Procurement By-Laws which outline best practices for ethical procurement. All apparel produced in Canada must be purchased from guarantees that demonstrate decent work conditions, and apparel produced outside of Canada must be Fairtrade Certified. The Ethical Business Practices Committee maintains an “Approved Suppliers List” that AUS departments can review as well as submit supplier requests. The AUS also encourages all departments to seek event sponsorship from ethical companies certified as “B Corporations” or as acknowledged by the World Fair Trade Organization.