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Fair Trade Campaigns conference in Chicago

Friday, March 1, 2019 to Sunday, March 3, 2019
Mar 1 at 8 AM – Mar 3 at 9 PM CST
The Florentine 151 W Adams St, Chicago, Illinois 60603

The Fair Trade Campaigns National Conference will be in Chicago this year. The conference is a great place to network and gain practical skills for building the Fair Trade Movement.

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Fair Trade Campaigns National Conference: Growing the Movement Together

With over 2,100 designated Fair Trade Towns and thousands of universities, school and other groups, Fair Trade advocacy is one of the largest grassroots movements in the world. Representatives from across the movement will share successes and best practices and explore opportunities for global partnerships. Join us to celebrate the growth and impact of this inspiring network.

Gather with fair trade enthusiasts from across the US.

Learn more about these Fair Trade Campaigns:


-high schools



Through keynotes, panels, workshops and networking, the conference will inspire and equip attendees with practical tools to drive conscious consumerism. These conversations will reinforce our understanding that small everyday choices, behaviors and advocacy efforts can drive large scale impact – and create common ground for collaboration and greater impact moving forward.   


Seth Goldman (Co-founder of Honest Tea, Executive Chair of Beyond Meat), Laura Lapp (Vice-President of Sustainability, Chartwell Dining Hall Services), DeRay Mckesson (civil rights activist), Paul Rice (Founder/CEO of Fair Trade USA), Elizabeth Segran (staff writer for Fast Company)

Other speakers from: 

Abolition Ohio


Aspire CoffeeWorks


Center for Worker Justice of Eastern Iowa

Chicago Fair Trade

Chicago Interfaith Workers’ Center

Cooperativa de Caficultores de Anserma

Fair Trade Federation

Heifer International

International Women’s Coffee Alliance


Midwest Academy

Morten Group

Nonprofit Leadership Alliance


Spectrum Nonprofit Services


US Foods

World Fair Trade Organization

YMCA well as several high schools, colleges, and universities


WORKSHOPS include:

Advocacy and organizing


Diverse and inclusive advocacy

Engaging campus allies

Gender equality

Impacts of fair trade

Responsible production & consumption

Seafood sustainability

Sustainable cocoa

Systems and standards of fair trade

See this link for full list of workshops.




5-9pm: registration, expo, kick-off celebration



9-11: plenaries

11- 12:30: workshops

12:30-1:30: lunch, expo

1:30: plenary

3-5: workshops

5-7: plenaries and dinner



9-10:30: plenaries

10:30-12: workshops

12-1: lunch, expo

1-3: plenary

3: closing remarks



JW Marriott Hotel

151 W Adams St

Chicago IL 60603



Contact to coordinate carpools and overnight stays with others from northern Ohio who will be attending the conference.



See this link to register by Feb 28. 

Pre-registration is $175 (student) or $200 (other)

More if you register on site.

Meals: Registration fee includes these meals only: SAT lunch & dinner; SUN lunch

Accommodations: It is recommended you find your own affordable accommodations. If you want to look at the hotel prices (generally $149/night plus taxes), see this link .