Conference 2018

From bright ideas addressing plastics, palm oil and clothing to thoughts on more fundamental systemic change, our 2018 conference will discuss innovations in ethical consumption and the ways that they are transforming the role of the consumer.

The world is in crisis. From climate change and plastic pollution to palm-oil driven deforestation, the world seems to be on a downward spiral.

So how can we think differently to solve these continuing problems?

Join Ethical Consumer and a host of key campaigners and ethical businesses this October to explore how new ideas, systems and ways of working can help tackle these issues.

Date: October 12th 2018

Time: (9:30 registration starts) 10:00am - 6:00pm

Location: Amnesty International Resource Center, Shoreditch, London.

Contributors include:

  • Andy Goldring - CEO of the Permaculture Association
  • Kate Sandle - Community Manager at B-corps
  • Brhmie Balaram - Senior Researcher on the Economy, Enterprise and Manufacturing at the RSA
  • The Singh Twins - Internationally renowned artists
  • Charlotte Instone - Founder of Know the Origin
  • Pippa Moyle -  CEO of City Girl Network and the Trash Talk plastics campaign
  • Sian Conway - Founder of Ethical Hour
  • Sophie Hobson - Head of Communications at School of Social Entrepreneurs
  • Shaun Fensum - Founder of the Customer Union for Ethical Banking
  • Mama D - Founder of Community Centered Knowledge
  • Anna Clayton - Spring Prize and Ethical Consumer
  • Rob Harrison - Founder of Ethical Consumer

with more to be confirmed....

The big issues

We'll also be covering issues such as palm oil, regenerative and mission led business, plastics, tax avoidance, ethical finance, marketing your ethical business and more...

The ticket price includes a vegetarian/vegan lunch.

Full timetable

09.30 - Registration

10:00 - Introduction from Ethical Consumer

10:05 - 10.30 - Keynote speaker
Innovative systems - how we need to rethink the role of the consumer - Andy Goldring - CEO
of the Permaculture Association

10.30 - 10.45 A brief history of innovations in ethical consumption - Clare Carlile - Ethical

10.45 - 11:00 - Keynote Speaker
Keeping up with the pace of change - Jenny Carlyle - Suma Wholefoods

11:10 - 12.00 Panel Discussion - Innovative company types:

  • Kate Sandle - Community Manager at B-corps
  • Kat Darling - Communications Manager at Solidarity Economy
  • Charlie Wigglesworth - Deputy Chief Executive at Social Enterprise UK
  • Chaired by Shaun Fensum - co-founder of the Consumer Union for Ethical Banking

12:00 - 1.00 Workshops

  • Mama D - The Food Journey - an animated, immersive, multi-sensory experience of a part of the human journey associated with the movement of food around the planet. It is part live theatre and participatory experiencing; it is part history, science and the socio-economy of food and people.
  • Anna Clayton - Regenerative Business - What is it and what can it acheive?
  • Sophie Hobson - School of Entrepreneurs - How to access support and funding for ethical business start-ups
  • Rachael Mountain - Ethex - Choosing the right ethical investment for you
  • Ethical Consumer - Help shape our next 5 year strategy

1.00 - 1.300 Vegan / Vegetarian Lunch

1.30 - 2.00 Keynote Speakers
Internationally renowned artists The Singh Twins introduce their latest exhibition “Slaves of

2.00 - 2.55 - Panel Discussion - Innovative ideas to solve the pressing issues of our time

  • Charlotte Instone - Founder of ethical clothing company Know the Origin
  • Pippa Moyle - Trash Talk - CEO of City Girls Network and founder of the Trash Talk campaign
  • Izabela Delabre - University of Sussex - Complexity and struggle for change in the palm oil sector

3:05 - 4.00 Workshops

  • The Singh Twins - Discussion on the fashion industry
  • Sista London - Innovation in ethical thinking: reclaiming our humanity in 21st century
  • Sian Conway - Using your story on social media to attract customers
  • Kate Metcalf - Women's Environmental Network - Environmenstrual workshop on plastic pollution
  • Elena Orde - Vegan Society - Plate Up for the Planet,Did you know that going vegan is one of the best ways to protect the environment?

4.00 - 4.25 Keynote speaker

How can consumers shape the gig economy? Brhmie Balaram - Senior Researcher at the RSA

4.25 - 5.15 Plenary- Innovation Q and A with our expert panel.

Sian Conway, Brhmie Balaram, Anna Clayton, Pippa Moyle.

5:15 - 6:30 Beer, wine and networking

Conference 2017