Collaborating for Change
How consumers, businesses, campaigners and governments can work together to advance ethical markets.
We welcomed a host of speakers, stall holders and consumers to our 2016 annual conference to discuss how we can work together to bring about real social and environmental change.
Find out how the day unfolded with audio recordings of each speaker and a video of the brexit debate.
Big thanks to Suma Wholefoods for sponsoring our conference.
Why we need Ethical Markets and how can we protect and build on what we have?
An introduction from Ethical Consumer editor and founder Rob Harrison
Collaborating on ethical purchasing by governments and local authorities:
The first panel of the day discussed how local authorities can exclude unethical consumption from their procurement and investment processes.
Paul Monaghan, Director of the Fair Tax Mark
Tax Avoidance and public sector procurement - the campaign to exclude tax avoiding companies from public sector contracts.
John Hilary, Executive Director of War on Want
Banning local authority boycotts and the failure of government to safeguard the rights of Palestinians
Dani Paffard, UK Divestment Organiser at 350.org
Carbon divesting institutions and local government.
Images from our workshops
We had four different workshops on the following topics:
- Collaborating on controlling corporate power
- Collaborating on energy (incentives and campaigning)
- Collaborating on Setting Minimum Standards
- Collaborating on Business Supply Chains
Collaborating on transparency and disclosure
The second panel focused on supply chains in a number of different sectors.
Colleen Theron, Sustainability lawyer and consultant at CLT envirolaw
Modern Slavery Act - its potential impacts and limitations.
Nathaniel Dyer, Campaign Leader, Global Witness
Conflict Minerals - company transparency and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Sarah Ditty, Head of Policy at Fashion Revolution
Transparency in the fashion industry.
Fiona Gooch, Senior Policy Adviser at Traidcraft
Transparency of, and improvements to, retailers’ sourcing practices.
Jenny Carlyle, member of the Suma food co-operative
Supply chains in food retail.
Key note Speaker - Marilyn Croser, Director of CORE
Holding companies to account
Debate: “Brexit - where next for Ethical Consumerism in the UK?”
A Question Time-style debate on the future of consumer campaigning and the possibilities for ethical consumption in a post-EU UK
Speakers (from left to right):
- Matt Grady, Policy and Advocacy Adviser at Traidcraft
- Constance Laisné, co-founder of Altgen
- Jonathan Bartley, co-leader of the Green Party
- Marilyn Croser, Director of CORE
- Michelle Thew, CEO of Cruelty Free International