Trips: Report from the Fair Trade Futures Conference

Written by Cafe Campesino on Oct 1, 2005 in NEWSLETTER, Trips |
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CafĂ© Campesino’s own Tripp Pomeroy and Bill Harris were among more than 700 business leaders, Fair Trade advocates and other individuals from 15 countries who took part in the 2005 Fair Trade Futures Conference held in Chicago from September 30th through October 2nd. The first of its kind, the conference featured over 50 workshops and plenary sessions covering a wide range of trade topics. Bill delivered closing remarks to the attendees, challenging them to carry the energy and knowledge gained at the conference back to their local communities.

The conference was an extraordinary gathering, bringing some of the country’s most dynamic business entrepreneurs together to work on trade strategies that effectively address social and economic issues. It truly was a confirmation that Fair Trade is working and offers a viable alternative for the international trade community.

The seeds for this event were planted at the Carter Center in Atlanta last year when Bill, Tripp and other organizers met with President Carter to discuss the Fair Trade movement. At that meeting, President Carter challenged the group to envision tangible ways to increase the consumer visibility of Fair Trade. In recognition of the first Fair Trade Futures conference, President Carter said the following in a letter to conference attendees in Chicago: “We proudly support the growing Fair Trade movement, which uplifts the basic principles of human rights and human dignity and takes positive, concrete steps towards poverty reduction.”

For more information about the Fair Trade Futures Conference, visit: www.fairtradefederation.org.

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