Review

7. INTERNATIONAL FAIRTRADE CONFERENCE 2018

In cooperation with the dfv media group Fairtrade Germany hosted the seventh International Fairtrade Conference on March 21st 2018, which took place at the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in Berlin. Under the title “Making Trade Fair! Impulses for Global Responsibility” renowned players from industry, retail, politics and the science sector discussed the responsibility of global trade and opportunities to make trade fair along supply chains.

What are the effects that Fairtrade can develop in the sourcing countries. What are the opportunities of digitalization? What do customers expect from the retail market, economy and Fairtrade? These and other core questions were vividly discussed by the speakers Klaus von Dohnanyi (former federal minister), Michael Carl (trend institute 2b AHEAD ThinkTank), Dr. Tsitsi Choruma (COO Fairtrade Africa), Susana Robledo (Nespresso), Peter d’Angremond (CEO Max Havelaar Niederlande), Alloysius Attah (CEO Farmerline) such as Dr. Stefan Silvestrini und Tatjana Mauthofer (research institute CEVal Saarbrücken).

One of the most important requirements for sustainable development in the global south are living wages, explained Dieter Overath, CEO of Fairtrade Germany. In order to achieve this, it is crucial that Fairtrade certified products keep being sold in relevant amounts within the markets of the global north.

This issue was deepened in the discussion panel “Do Ethics end at the Supermarket Shelf? Who is Responsible for Fairness in Trade and Retail?”. International Fairtrade partners like Aldi Süd, Rewe Group, Brands Fashion – european market leader in sustainable workwear garment – and Prof. Dr. Dorothea Schaffner, expert of consumerism, talked about how the consumption of Fairtrade products at the point of sale can become the matter of course.

About 200 participants took the International Fairtrade Conference as an opportunity to exchange experiences and to connect with experts of other branches. After the IFC Fairtrade Germany invited all participants to join the sixth Fairtrade Awards: the award honored companies, organizations, persons and projects of civil society for their outstanding engagement in fair trade.

"The conference day was very interesting for me and I am already looking forward to the further exchange!"

– Michaela Schneider, Fyffes BV, Business Development

"I would like to thank you again for a great day: interesting lectures, a nice evening and good conversations. Thank you for making this possible."

– Julia Röder, Port International GmbH, Quality Management

The next IFC

On this page we will announce the date for the next International Fairtrade Conference. This is expected to take place in spring 2020.