In 2019, over 370 Fair Trade supporters and advocates gathered in Chicago at Fair Trade Campaigns National Conference to make new connections and take a deep dive on issues at the core of the fair trade movement. Over the course of three days, attendees heard from 70 speakers sharing their insights and expertise on fair trade, sustainability, social justice, community organizing, and much more. The 2019 conference built on the success and momentum from the 2018 conference in Washington, DC.

With sustainability in their DNA, this organization knows how vital sustainable conference practices are to their participants. Highlights of their efforts include:

The 2020 Conference is planned for March 20-22 in Pasadena, California and will continue lead the way in sustainable events. Sustainable event initiatives for 2020 include:

  • Plant-based meals to reduce water and carbon

  • Fair trade coffee in hotel sleeping rooms in addition to at the event

  • Shuttle service for students instead of individual cars or ride share

  • For the first time, the catering contract required the chef to actively procure more fair trade products in the conference menu

Thanks to Fair Trade Campaigns for the incredible work they do in the world and for making events more sustainable, one conference at a time. Read the Fair Trade 2019 case study for more information.

If you happen to be in New York City, check out Fair Trade USA’s first ever pop-up shop, Fair Trade Difference.

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