DAISI is committed to protecting the environment.

By reading and agreeing to this Code of Conduct, you will be more aware of ways you can protect the environment & reduce your carbon footprint during your volunteering in the South-Pacific.


Code of Conduct Checklist.

All DAISI staff, volunteers and members must adhere to the following Environment Protection Code of Conduct:

  1. Realise the importance of protection the fragile ecosystem and environment of Islands in the South-Pacific while working with DAISI.
  2. Be respectful to the environment.
  3. Be sensitive and actively look for ways to reduce DAISI’s negative impact on the environment during DAISI trips to the South-Pacific.
  4. Be aware that cultural differences exist between countries and communities in the South Pacific, and that limited resources In these mostly poor South-Pacific Islands may result in disposal of waste in manners which in Australia are considered environmentally unfriendly.
  5. Be aware of the facilities available for disposing of waste and situations where waste generates by DAISI’s trips may be disposed in a manner that may be harmful to the environment (eg incineration, dumping as landfill or inadvertent entry to waterways and the ocean)
  6. Whenever possible avoid single use of plastic packaging and single use instruments.
  7. If donating equipment try to find re-usable rather than single use items.
  8. Make yourself aware of the local methods fir dealing with medical waste on the community or hospital you engage with.
  9. Be conscious of the excesses in packaging of many medical and surgical supplies and where possible remove this excess in packaging before taking or sending items to the South-Pacific.
  10. Enquire with partners in host counties as to what equipment is really needed to avoid sending items which will not be used and end up as waste.
  11. Ensure at least 12 months shelf life of all medical equipment (as per WHO guidelines) sent to the South-Pacific
  12. Ensure Medical and surgical equipment is fully functioning and where possible serviced before sending to the South-Pacific
  13. Where possible provide ongoing service and maintenance of equipment,
  14. Use low carbon emitting energy sources (eg solar, wind) in preference to high carbon emitting sources (diesel) when possible.
  15. Travel economy on flights and use direct routes.
  16. Offset Carbon emissions whenever possible.