23rd Feb – The Great Trade Debate: Is trade justice a lost cause?

The Fairtrade Foundation are organising a series of great debates on trade across the UK during Fairtrade Fortnight – and one of them is coming to Oxford.

Here’s what they say about the events:

Fairtrade Fortnight 2009 provides a fantastic opportunity to explore some of the issues connected to Fairtrade in more detail. The Fairtrade Foundation, along with its member organisations including the World Development Movement, Traidcraft, Oxfam and Christian Aid, is organising a series of debates across the UK during the Fortnight. At these events, Fairtrade experts, politicians, commentators, business people and NGO representatives will debate issues around ethical consumerism, fair trade versus free trade, climate change, trade justice and the future of Fairtrade.

All events are open to the public and free of charge.

The Oxford event is taking place on the 23rd February from 7 till 9pm at Oxford Town Hall to discuss the motion ‘Is trade justice a lost cause?’. Speakers will include:

  • Harriet Lamb, Executive Director, Fairtrade Foundation;
  • John Hilary, Director, War on Want
  • Fiona Shera, Head of Trade and Development, DFID-BERR
  • Edwin Laurent, Former Special Envoy to the EU for the Windward Islands

And there will be time for questions from anyone attending.

If you’re planning to come along, the Fairtrade Foundation have more information and a registration page here.

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2 Responses to 23rd Feb – The Great Trade Debate: Is trade justice a lost cause?

  1. […] Fortnight Events As well as The Great Trade Debate taking place in Oxford next week, Fairtrade Fortnight will see a number of […]

  2. Sarah Wild says:

    Question for the panelists at Great Trade Debate:

    As someone committed to trade justice I became a volunteer in a Fairtrade shop about 5 years ago. I became increasingly concerned about the two tier use of the Fairtrade logo.

    This logo is used for 100% fairly traded products like Cafe Direct/Bishopstone clothes AND also by Nestle in certain products and M&S/Gap for £5.00 Fairtrade T-shirts.

    It appears that the Fairtrade logo is now being used as a marketing tool to encourage people to continue to buy, and to feel ‘good’ about buying.

    Fairtrade now appears to be pandering to the Western consumer – does the Fairtrade foundation intend to continue to allow the use of its logo – however minimal the content of ‘fairtrade’?

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