Conference title: Fair Trade and the SDGs: Investigating the fairness of sustainable development

Conference date: 26 – 28 June 2018 – Venue: Portland Building, Portland Street, Portsmouth, PO1 3AH.

« Fair Trade is an example of the active and inclusive partnerships we need in our pursuit of the SDGs. Fair Trade promotes sustainable and equitable production and consumption patterns that keep our planet healthier and our societies more inclusive.’

Joakim Reiter, Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).

The Sustainable Development Goals require the combined action of government, civil society and business in order to develop solutions to the complex challenges of poverty, inequality and climate change. Fair Trade has been recognised as a socially focussed business model that can promote and support the roadmap to a sustainable food and agriculture system (Business and Sustainable Development Commission, 2017).

The aim of this conference is to investigate the ethics and practice of fairness that constitute the processes, goals, and indicators of sustainable development. Researchers and practitioners are encouraged to use the SDGs as a lens to explore and assess Fair Trade’s contribution to date and potential to support a global agenda towards sustainable development.

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