28th October 2006
London School of Economics, 11am-4pm,
Trade at the Crossroads"
The location is Room D202, 2nd Floor, Clement House,
Aldwych, London WC2,
which is the building furthest away from Holborn tube,
so Temple station is nearer - see LOCATION
and Paul Chandler (Traidcraft)
with Whitni Thomas (Triodos Bank)
and Meredith Cochrane (Fairtrade Foundation)
A conference to explore and discuss the successes and
the challenges ahead. The Fair Trade sector always aimed
to lead by example. With the entry of Nestlé
into the Fair Trade arena, and the spread of Fair Trade
products into mainstream supermarkets it has certainly
succeeded. But these developments also present some
serious challenges: will the larger companies favour
larger suppliers over the small producers traditionally
supported by Fair Trade organisations? Will they use
their Fair Trade brands to sanitise the
rest of their range? The pressure will be on the Fairtrade
Foundation (which hallmarks fair trade goods with the
now familiar logo) to make sure the criteria are applied
some of the criticism of allowing Nestle to market Fair
Trade coffee by pointing out that this only applies
to a single product.
Scaling up Fair Trade
The ultimate goal is surely to make all trade fair
trade. What are the challenges facing the sector
as it expands? Will Fair Trade companies and institutions
have to change radically?
Not just another brand?
A recent programme on Radio4 gave the impression that
fair trade had started in the US in the late 80s, and
the American contributors mainly spoke the language
of the market making the market work for
producers. Traidcraft started in 1979 in this
country! And Fair Trade is about building completely
different relationships with producers. Not to talk
about the role of the producers is missing the point.
We dont have the resources to bring someone over
to this country (which would be ideal) but we will have
people who regularly work with and for those who grow
and make the products we buy.
And what about food miles?
Green activists have expressed reservations about Fair
Trade as it happens now: should we be encouraging the
shipping of food items around the globe? Wouldnt
it be better to encourage people to produce for local
Get involved !
If these questions interest you, or you have questions
of your own. Then you will enjoy this event. Conference
Fee: £30 (concessions available, please enquire).
The Network Project is a non-profit
making organisation started by a group of enthusiastic
and interested people. We are ordinary grassroots activist
who want to do more than attend events run by bigger
organisations. We are interested in the social innovations
such as social enterprise, community currencies, co-ops
and credit unions. We want to explore these new ideas
in a political context and look at the underlying ideas.
We are particularly interested in the importance of
relationships, intelligent decision making, alternative
economics and grassroots activity. We are not affiliated
to any political party or organisation.
are grateful to the SE Region of the Co-operative
for their support of this conference. Further sponsorship
from Fair Trade organisations is welcomed. Space
will be available at the conference for stalls.
Please link to our website - www.thenetworkproject.org.uk
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To contact the
conference organiser, Rosamund Stock call 0845-458-0610.
Places are limited,
so please register in advance. We will build up further
information in preparation for the conference in response
to information received on the ENQUIRY/