For his work in the movement, Fairtrade International named Ben Conard one of the Top 10 Biggest Fair Trade Advocates in the World and #1 in the U.S. His passion for fair trade has taken him to the TEDx stage and on-the-ground to fair trade farms in Ecuador and artisan workshops in India.
Ben celebrates all cultures and people. As a US Ambassador for the 33rd Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange, he spent a year in Germany representing the US to strengthen diplomatic relations. And as an LGBT rights activist, Ben was named 40 LGBT Leaders Under 40 by Business Equality Magazine.
Dedicated to great taste, consumer health, and sustainable sourcing, Ben founded Five North Chocolate®, an award winning, Certified LGBT Business Enterprise® supporting cacao farmers around the world by creating deliciously nutritious, Fair Trade Certified chocolate snacks.