Fair Trade Futures Conference to be held in Quincy, MA, Sept 2010
Submitted by Fair Trade Federation
From September 10-12, 2010, the Fair Trade Futures Conference will bring together entrepreneurs, students, advocates, faith community members, concerned citizens, and interested individuals for the largest Fair Trade event in North American history.
Among the keynote speakers include Kevin Danaher, co-founder of Global Exchange, and representatives from four producer organizations in the field of agricultural products and handmade items.
The Quincy, MA conference, being held at the LEED-certified Marriott Hotel, provides a forum where Fair Trade-minded individuals can learn how to advance the Fair Trade movement in the U.S. Attendees can participate in dozens of workshops, debates, discussions, social activities, and an exposition of more than 50 Fair Trade vendors. Residents of five continents will come together to learn and debate about Fair Trade’s holistic approach to business and poverty alleviation.
"For more than 60 years, Fair Trade Organizations have offered high quality products that create tremendous, positive change among the artisans and farmers worldwide," says Carmen K. Iezzi, executive director of the Fair Trade Federation. "With the Fair Trade Futures conference, we look to explore the successes of and challenges in building continued momentum behind Fair Trade in North America."
The 2010 conference is made possible through the generous contributions of many sponsors and supporters, including Catholic Relief Services, Cooperative Coffees, Equal Exchange, the Fair Trade Federation, the Fair Trade Resource Network, Global Crafts, Green America, Handmade Expressions, the Presbyterian Church of the United States, SERRV International, Ten Thousand Villages Canada, and Ten Thousand Village USA.
About the Fair Trade Federation
The Fair Trade Federation (FTF) strengthens and promotes North American organizations fully committed to Fair Trade. The Federation is part of the global Fair Trade movement, building equitable and sustainable trading partnerships and creating opportunities to alleviate poverty.
About the Futures Conference
The 2010 Fair Trade Futures Conference builds on the successful 2005 Futures conference which attracted more than 750 entrepreneurs, consumers, students, activists, faith community members and others to Chicago, Ill. By convening the 2010 event, eleven leading Fair Trade Organizations provides an opportunity to connect established and emerging Fair Trade supporters in a professional, lively, fun, inclusive, and practical atmosphere.
The Fair Trade Federation is an association of retailers, wholesalers, and producers who are fully committed to fair trade principles. Based in Washington DC, the Federation supports businesses and non-profits in on five continents. Members strive to sell 100% fairly traded products and to provide fair wages, support participation in the workplace, ensure environmental sustainability, respect cultural identity, supply financial and technical assistance, educate consumers, and offer public accountability. They build direct and long-term relationships in order to create sustainable partnerships for development.
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