We’re activists. We’re students. We’re decision-makers, leaders, and conscious consumers. We come from schools and universities, congregations, big cities, and one-stoplight towns. We represent more than 250 campuses, communities, and organizations across the USA, and our belief in the power of Fair Trade is what brings us all together.

Join fellow Fair Trade advocates, brands, producers, and nonprofits March 23-25, 2018, in historic Georgetown, Washington, D.C., as we talk candidly about our greatest challenges, triumphs, and strategic ways to convert our passion into community-wide action. Come to learn, get inspired, and grow the Fair Trade movement — together.

Early Registration Deadline

January 22, 2018

Standard Registration and Hotel Reservation Deadline

February 22 2018


The program will feature robust and diverse content within four focused tracks:

  • Fair Trade at the Heart of Sustainability
  • Building a Diverse & Inclusive Movement
  • Driving Purchase to Drive Impact
  • Colleges & Universities Driving the Movement

Please note: This is the preliminary agenda as of September 20, 2017 and is subject to change.

3:30 PM – 9:00 PM Registration Open
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM Welcome Reception
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM Opening Session
8:00 AM – 5:30 PM Registration Open
9:00 AM – 9:10 AM Welcome Remarks
9:10 AM – 10:30 AM General Session
10:30 AM – 10:45 AM Refreshment Break
10:45 AM – 11:45 PM Concurrent Sessions
11:45 AM – 12:45 PM Lunch
1:00 PM – 1:40 PM General Session
1:50 PM – 2:50 PM Concurrent Sessions
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM Structured Networking
4:00 PM – 4:15 PM Afternoon Refreshment Break
4:15 PM – 5:30 PM General Session
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM Dine and Discuss Networking Evening
8:00 AM – 3:15 PM Registration Open
9:00 AM – 10:30 AM General Session
10:30 AM – 10:40 AM Refreshment Break
10:40 AM – 12:50 PM Concurrent Sessions
12:50 PM – 2:00 PM Lunch and Networking
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM Call to Action and Closing Remarks


The Fair Trade Campaigns 2018 National Conference is an inclusive, global and welcoming event that encourages diversity and acceptance. Whoever you are, whatever you do, and wherever you do it, if you’re interested in Fair Trade, then we want you to join us at the 2018 National Conference.

For additional details, visit the Registration Information page.

Student and Campus Engagement



Interested in supporting the Conference? Download the Sponsorship Prospectus or contact Billy Linstead Goldsmith, National Coordinator, Fair Trade Campaigns, to discuss a customized opportunity to maximize your Organization’s outreach and impact!


Georgetown University Hotel & Conference Center

3800 Reservoir Rd NW Washington, DC 20057

Reserve Your Room!

Looking to coordinate a room share? Interact with fellow attendees on the Conference Facebook page. 

Georgetown University Hotel & Conference Center is nestled among the historic streets of Georgetown. In close proximity to downtown, coupled with the fantastic conference facilities makes the Georgetown University Hotel and Conference Center the ideal match to serve as the Fair Trade 2018 National Campaigns Conference venue and hotel.

The Conference has negotiated a limited number of rooms as a discounted rate of $169.00 / night + tax. Rooms at the group rate will be available until February 22 or until the rooms are sold out, whichever occurs first. We strongly encourage you to reserve your room as soon as possible to ensure availability!

Conference attendees with reservations within the group block will receive a voucher for the breakfast buffet at the hotel restaurant, the Faculty Club, compliments of the conference to show our appreciation for your support of the group block.

The Conference room block is SOLD OUT!
The Georgetown Inn is .8 miles and a 15 minute walk from the conference venue. Close to the action of M Street, the Inn is a great alternative to the conference hotel.

The Marriott Key Bridge is located 1.2 miles away from the Georgetown University Hotel and Conference Center and is an affordable, nearby option.

The Kimpton Glover Park is another lovely option that is 1.1 miles and a 25-minute walk from the conference venue. The Kimpton also features charge access for electrical cars!

Don’t forget- if you’re looking for a room or ride share, post on the Conference Facebook page to interact with other attendees. 



Travel and Transportation

Plan Your Trip

 DuPont and Rosslyn Metro Stations to Conference Venue

Georgetown University has a complimentary shuttle, the GUTS bus, from the DuPont Metro Center and Rosslyn Metro Center, which runs weekdays from 6:00am – 11:59pm, and has limited service on Saturdays from 9:00am – 8:00pm.

If you plan to use the GUTS bus, please be prepared to show the driver your conference registration confirmation or hotel confirmation, as access to the GUTS bus is restricted to those affiliated with the University or participants in on-campus functions.

 By Air


 By Train


 Public Transportation

Utilize public transportation and Plan Your Trip using Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority.

Local Area Information

Come early or stay late and enjoy the local attractions.


Blog Posts

02 Feb

A Sweeter Lenten Promise

Make your Lenten promise sweeter this year by choosing to purchase only Fair Trade chocolate.  For Catholics and Christians, the season of Lent is the 40 days leading up to Easter. It is meant to be a time to reflect on our relationship with God. The traditional three components to this season are prayer, fasting.. [+]

19 Jan

How to Host an Ethical Pop Up Market

For the last two years, I have had the pleasure of hosting an ethical Holiday Pop Up market on my university campus with the Fair Trade club. We started this pop up because we all are passionate about ethical businesses and believe in the power of conscious consumerism. We also did it because we crave.. [+]

05 Jan

Share the Love: Valentine’s Day 2018

On February 14, many of us take time to show a little extra love to the special people in our lives. This year, we invite you to share the love with the farmers, workers and artisans behind your favorite Valentine’s Day gifts. Give Fair Trade flowers, chocolate and greeting cards (find discounts from our partners below!) or send.. [+]