Companies, Students, Farmers, Activists Unite to Grow the Fair Trade Movement

Unprecedented Washington D.C. convening to focus on building momentum around Fair Trade certification
Feb 21, 2018 9:00 AM ET

OAKLAND, Calif., February 21, 2018 /3BL Media/ - Global Fair Trade advocacy organization Fair Trade Campaigns will host a multi-stakeholder gathering of Fair Trade supporters in Washington D.C. this March 23-25. The conference, which will focus on tangible pathways for growing the Fair Trade movement, will bring together a diverse and active audience - from Fair Trade farmers, workers, and artisans to NGOs, students, activists, and companies. Over 250 campuses and communities from Fair Trade Campaigns' U.S. network will be represented, as well as Fair Trade stakeholders from across the globe. 

“This gathering is all about engagement and inspiration,” said Billy Linstead Goldsmith, Director of Fair Trade Campaigns. “Our shared vision is a world where Fair Trade practices are the norm, not the exception, and we can only get there through new levels of collaboration.”

Over the course of three days, attendees will have the opportunity to meet Fair Trade supporters, participate in hands-on workshops and trainings, and hear from world-renowned leaders across multiple sectors. Confirmed speakers include:

  • Kate Williams, CEO, 1% for the Planet
  • Helena Barbour, Vice President of Global Sportswear, Patagonia
  • Dr. Marcia Chatelain, Associate Professor, Georgetown University
  • Paul Rice, President & CEO, Fair Trade USA

Four specific tracks will allow attendees to choose their own adventure, diving into specific areas they’re passionate about: Fair Trade at the Heart of Sustainability; Building a Diverse & Inclusive Movement; Driving Purchase to Drive Impact; Colleges & Universities Driving the Movement.

This gathering is open to the public, and all are encouraged to register. Visit for more information about this historic Fair Trade convening.


About Fair Trade Campaigns:
Fair Trade Campaigns recognizes towns, colleges, universities, schools, and congregations in the U.S. for embedding Fair Trade practices and principles into policy, as well as in the social foundations of their communities. Project collaborators include Fair Trade USA, Fairtrade America, and Fair for Life, third-party certifiers of Fair Trade products in the United States, and the Fair Trade Federation, a North American trade association of organizations fully committed to Fair Trade. Visit for more information.

Suzi Hiza, Communications & Programs Coordinator, Fair Trade Campaigns, 510.844.1656