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6th Fair Trade International Symposium 2018 ( June 26-28, 2018)

>> June 26-28, 2018 (Portsmouth, UK). Since the first Fair Trade International Symposium in 2002, it has evolved to become the preeminent academic conference and international meeting for scholars, practitioners and policymakers working in the area of Fair Trade. The symposium has become a unique platform for academics and practitioners to exchange ideas, build and consolidate networks, develop projects and identify new areas of research.

For FTIS 2018, we have confirmed speakers from across the Fair Trade movement including: Rudi Dalvai, President of WFTO; Darío Soto Abril, CEO Fairtrade International; Tsitsi Choruma, COO Fairtrade Africa; Linda McAvan MEP, Chair of the International Development Committee. We are also extremely pleased to welcome Dr Vandana Shiva to deliver a Special Address on ‘Fair Trade and sustainable food production’.

We cordially invite you to join us in June 2018 at the sixth Fair Trade International Symposium which will take place at Portsmouth (in the South of England), where we look forward to continuing this tradition of engagement and impact.

The conference will be organised by the Portsmouth Business School, in cooperation with the FTIS Steering Group and supported by representatives from the World Fair Trade Organization, Fairtrade International, Fair Trade Advocacy Office and Fairness Networks.

Conference Theme: The main theme of the conference is ‘Fair Trade and the SDGs: Investigating the fairness of sustainable development’. While all of the goals are relevant for Fair Trade producers – Fairtrade International, the World Fair Trade Organization and the Fair Trade Advocacy Office have jointly identified the following nine SDGs as the most closely related to Fair Trade’s role in global supply chains:
SDG 1 – No poverty
SDG 2 – Zero hunger
SDG 5 – Gender equality
SDG 8 – Decent work and economic growth
SDG 10 – Reduced inequalities
SDG 12 – Responsible consumption and production
SDG 13 – Climate action
SDG 16 – Peace, justice and strong institutions
SDG 17 – Partnerships for the Goals

However, these are no exclusive topics and we will be happy to consider academic papers that fall within the broader remit of Fair Trade and sustainable development.

The aim of this conference is to investigate the ethics and practice of fairness that constitute the processes, goals and indicators of sustainable development. We encourage researchers and practitioners 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.

Authors are invited to submit extended abstracts via the online submission page by 15 December 2017.

For more details about the call for papers and conference registration please visit: http://www.port.ac.uk/FTIS2018

Location: Portsmouth Business School.

>> Download the FTIS 2018 presentation and call for papers.

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