Conference announcement: Fair Trade Futures

UPDATE: You can now register directly online. Visit EventBrite to register for free now.

Members of the Oxford Fairtrade Coalition have been busy organising for a high profile one-day conference looking at key issues for the future of Fair Trade. Find more details below, or download a copy of the Conference Flyer here.

Fair Trade Futures: Authenticity and Action

Saturday 7 November 2009

Said Business School, University of Oxford

A one-day conference looking at key issues for the future of Fair Trade:

  • The Economics of Virtue: How can Fair Trade continue to grow in the mainstream without being captured by Big Business?
  • Authenticity, Legitimacy and Certification:  What makes Fair Trade authentically Fair Trade?  How does it establish its legitimacy?
  • Accountability and Impact: How can the voice of producers be more influential in the planning of Fair Trade strategy?
  • Global Economic Trends and Sustainability: Dealing with the crisis – How the economic downturn is affecting Fair Trade.
  • Fair Trade and Trade Agreements: What is the impact of bilateral and multilateral trade negotiations on Fair Trade? A case study: Fair Trade perspectives on Economic Partnership Agreements

Bringing together leading experts, including:

  • Ian Barney, Managing Director of TWIN and TWIN Trading
  • Sergi Corbalan, Coordinator of the Fair Trade Advocacy Office (Brussels)
  • Timothy Davies, Founder, Practical Participation
  • Mike Gidney, Deputy Executive Director of the Fairtrade Foundation
  • Louise Herring, Trade and Enterprise Manager of Comic Relief
  • Joan Karanja, CEO of Cooperation for Fair Trade in Africa
  • Dorothea Kleine, Fair Tracing Project
  • Safia Minney, Founder and CEO of People Tree
  • Alex Nicholls, University Lecturer in Social Entrepreneurship,  Skoll Centre, Said Business School, University of Oxford
  • Carry Somers, founder and CEO of Pachacuti
  • Mags Vaughan, Business Director of Traidcraft, plc
  • Anne MacCaig, CEO Cafédirect

And offering participants a chance to take issues further in theoretical and practical “open space” discussions, as well as to share in a networking reception at the end of the day.

Saturday 7 November:  9.30 am – 6.00 pm

Registration: Register online or e-mail

Please register early to avoid disappointment as numbers are limited.

Free admission includes Conference attendance, tea and coffee, and drinks and refreshments at the reception.  Lunch is not provided.

Conference Sponsors:  Oxford Fair Trade Coalition; the Skoll Centre, Said Business School, University of Oxford; Christian Concern for One World; Partnership for Change


5 Responses to Conference announcement: Fair Trade Futures

  1. ROBIN says:

    This looks like a great event, if any one of the speakers drops out, i’d love to step in.

  2. timgdavies says:

    Hello Robin

    As we’ll be spending the event on Open Space self-organised sessions then there will definitely be space for getting conversation going around World Fair Trade day & other themes you are interested in.

    Would be really keen to get your input into that 🙂


  3. […] At the Fair Trade Futures conference in Oxford on the 7th November that’s one of the themes we’ll be exploring with a session on Digital Media and Fair Trade, and with a number of social media session planned for the afternoon of Open Space discussions.We’re also hoping to bring social media into the heart of the programme, with blogging, twittering and video interviews taking place at the event. […]

  4. hostuniversal says:

    I thought this was a fabulous and engaging event and that Amplified brought a whole new dimension to it. Interesting to note that Cafédirect used to broadcast its AGM online but very few other FTOs have yet engaged at that level. Social Media is critical to driving the Fair Trade Movement and delivering direct and personal relationships between producers and consumers. Here’s to FT2. Please note that there is already an authentic FT social networking site that needs livening up. Have a look at

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