The Manitoba Council for International Cooperation (MCIC) is a coalition of Manitoba-based organizations involved in international development. Their mission is to support, connect and amplify the work of their members and partners, while directly engaging and collaborating with Manitobans for global sustainability. MCIC is also responsible for distributing Government of Manitoba funds designated for international development and humanitarian projects overseas.

An important component of the work MCIC carries out in Manitoba includes providing valuable educational resources and meaningful opportunities to engage with students, educators, and communities in the field of international and local development issues. Through public engagement, MCIC offers a range of workshops, games and programs to educate Manitobans on global issues and encourages them to act as global citizens. As part of this goal, MCIC sought out Fairware because of their ethical sourcing to create items that promoted the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also known as the Global Goals, were adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015 as a call to action and to provide a shared blueprint for people, planet, peace, prosperity, and partnership by 2030.

For nearly 46 years, MCIC has been engaging with Manitobans on these issues and the opportunity to develop a public engagement tool, like the water bottle, that was ethically sourced, sustainable and high quality, aligns with and amplifies MCIC’s dedication to creating a more just world.

Tyler Andrade, Communications Specialist with MCIC

MCIC’s dedication to directly align with the SDGs – in this case, goal number twelve – “responsible consumption and production” – aided in their decision to work with us at Fairware to ensure the product would be ethically sourced. As an opportunity to personify their work in building a more sustainable world, they chose to create high quality stainless-steel water bottles that they knew would be put to good use, while keeping people hydrated and reducing plastic waste.

All staff, board members, and community volunteers received the water bottles as a token of MCIC’s appreciation for their hard work towards making the world a more just place for all. Not only is it their mission to create a more just world, the water bottles support that vision by sparking conversation which leads to educational opportunities about MCIC and the SDGs.