Fair Trade Campaigns National Conference

Friday, March 1 – Sunday, March 3 JW Marriott Chicago

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Keynote Speakers

About The Conference

The Fair Trade Campaigns National Conference convenes over 350 local, national and global leaders in the Fair Trade movement – students, community advocates, producers, businesses, non-profits and institutions committed to sustainability and social justice.

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.   


March 1


  • Welcome Reception & Expo
  • Conference Kickoff
March 2


  • Welcome to Chicago
  • The Power of Fair Trade: Shifting Markets, Shifting Business
March 3


  • In Conversation with DeRay Mckesson
  • Career Fair & Expo Presentations
  • Engaging Allies on Campus


Highlights from the 2018 Conference

2018 Testimonials

Home - Sofia

After hearing from speakers, panelists and other Fair Trade student advocates, I feel like I have a strong network and toolset to use in the future and have returned to my campus with more ideas and passion than I could ever have without attending.

Spokane, WA

Home - Adam

Everyone involved was personable, passionate and knowledgeable. I would go back tomorrow if I could.

Newark, DE

Home - Luis Miguel

"After this meeting, I can go home with hope because I see that there are a lot of young people that believe in Fair Trade."

Luis Miguel
Anserma, Colombia

Home - Mary & Lori

“Leaving this conference, we know there is a lot to be done still, but are hopeful that these principles will guide the younger generation of consumers. These types of opportunities to connect with professionals and like-minded people are always so incredibly helpful as teachers. It helps us feel as though we are more connected to the cause.”

Mary & Lori
Philadelphia, PA

Home - Lily

“This is one of the most meaningful experiences in my college career, being able to dive into a community that not only cares deeply about issues of welfare and the environment, but also acts passionately in their communities.”

Berkeley, CA

Home - Callie

“This conference enabled me to think more critically about my goals for development, both at work and in my personal pursuit of supporting Fair Trade.”

Washington, DC

Home - Valencia

I have been inspired beyond words and can't wait to continue my advocacy.

Atlanta, GA

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