Conference 2017


 Ethical Consumer Annual Conference 2017






Challenging Corporate power in a changing political landscape


Are corporations now ruling the planet? Do we need to get them out of politics or could some of them be allies in our renewed battle against the rise of racism, intolerance and climate denial?


Join Ethical Consumer and friends to explore how everyday actions are challenging and even channelling corporate power.





When: Friday 20th October - 9:30 registration opens - 5:30 drinks reception. 

Where: Amnesty International Resource Centre, 25 New Inn Road, Shoreditch, London, EC2A 3EA


Highlights include:

> Rob Harrison, Ethical Consumer co-founder introduces this year's Ethical Markets report and talks about Ethical Consumer's work challenging corporate power.

> Hanna Thomas, Campaigns director at on successful corporate campaigning

> Claire MacCarthy, General Secretary of the Co-operative Party on the changing political landscape

> Nick Dearden, Director at Global Justice Now, on corporate trade deals post Brexit.

> Paul Ellis, Chief Executive, Ecology Building Society, on the challenge of providing financial services that serve people and planet rather than corporate interests



Twelve interactive workshops and contributions from Global Justice Now, Corporate Europe Observatory, the Fair Tax Mark, Positive News, Stop Funding Hate and more...

The full line up for the conference is below.




Ticket price includes vegetarian/vegan lunch and a drinks reception.


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Full conference line-up


9:30 - Registration


10:00 - Welcome and introduction to the conference


10:10  - Ethical Consumer founder Rob Harrison introduces on Ethical Consumer’s work on corporate power. 


10:30 - How consumers can challenge the corporate media 

Richard Wilson - Founder of Stop Funding Hate - Challenging racism in the media

Sean Dagan-Wood – Editor of Positive News - How constructive journalism can challenge the mainstream narrative.


11:00 - Break


11.15 – 11.45- Key note speaker

Ten things every corporate campaigner should know about driving change. 

Hanna Thomas – Campaign Director at SumOfUs UK



11:50  - Workshops and discussion groups

  • What are regenerative businesses? And how you can become one delivered by Ethical Consumer
  • How consumers and campaigners can constructively engage with corporations with contributions from Ethical Consumer and Fair Tax Mark
  • Developing ethical advertising as a corporate social responsibility issue delivered by Stop Funding Hate
  • Fairtrade - from mine to market, how Fairtrade has improved the lives of workers from Cred Jewellery.
  • Gender and environmental campaigning - delivered by Women's Environmental Network
  • Can personalized product information change purchasing behaviour? - Asset Consumerism 



12:50  - Vegan / Veggie Buffet Lunch (included in the ticket price)



Key note from our sponsor

Paul Ellis, Chief Executive, Ecology Building Society on the challenge of providing financial services that serve people and planet rather than corporate interests


2:00 - Workshops and discussion groups

  • Ethical bloggers skill share workshop, a crash course for personal, business or organisational blog  - From Ethical Hour and the Oddword
  • Consumer campaigning - What can we learn from past success? And how can we create a more interconnected movement? - Stop Funding Hate and Ethical Consumer
  • How can we challenging corporate influence on international trade deals - Global Justice Now
  • Positive Finance – how can this make a difference? - delivered by Ethex
  • Ethical Consumption, an academic view - From the Journal of Consumer Ethics
  • Fairtrade - from mine to market, how Fairtrade has improved the lives of workers from Cred Jewellery.




3:00 - Break 


3:15 - Key note speakers


The impact of Co-operative lobbying and what we can learn from this?

Claire McCarthy - CEO – The Co-operative Party


How corporate lobbying can be used for good

Paul Monaghan – CEO of Fair Tax Mark


3:45 - Break


3:50 - Key note speakers


Vicky Cann - Corporate Europe Observatory


How can we ensure global trade deals can work for people not corporations post Brexit? 

Nick Dearden – Director of Global Justice Now 


4:15 - Break


4:20 - Questions and closing reflections. The role of consumer action.


5.20 -  Wine and Beer


6:30 - Close







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