Collaborating for change
How consumers, business, campaigners and governments can work together to advance ethical markets
Join Ethical Consumer and a host of campaigners as we discuss some of the big issues in the markets for ethical goods and services and ask how we can work strategically with multiple stakeholders to bring about real social and environmental change.
Rob Harrison, founder and co-editor of Ethical Consumer, on the current growth in ethical markets
John Hilary, Executive Director of War on Want, on the Boycotts, Divestments and Sanctions movement
Marilyn Croser, Director of Core (Corporate Responsibility Coalition), on holding companies to account
Plus the Fair Tax Mark, 350,org, Fashion Revolution, Traidcraft, the Green Party, Global Witness, Cruelty Free International and more to be confirmed.
See below for the full itinerary.
Vegan / vegetarian buffet and drinks reception included in the ticket price.
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9:45 - Open for registration
10:00 - Start/intro and housekeeping
10:15 - 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
10:45 - Collaborating on ethical purchasing by governments and local authorities:
- Tax Avoidance and public sector procurement - Paul Monaghan, Director of the Fair Tax Mark on the campaign to exclude tax avoiding companies from public sector contracts.
- Boycotts, Divestment and Sanction - Banning local authority boycotts and the failure of government to safeguard the rights of Palestinians – John Hilary, Executive Director of War on Want
- Carbon divesting institutions and local government – Dani Paffard, UK Divestment Organiser at 350.org
11:45 - break
12:10 – 1:15 Workshops – to include:
- Collaborating on controlling corporate power
- Collaborating on tax and incentives (FIT schemes and renewables vs oil subsidies)
- Collaborating on setting minimum standards (ETI and MSIs etc)
- Collaborating on Business Supply Chains
1:15 - lunch - Vegan food (included in the ticket price)
2:15 - Collaborating on transparency and disclosure
- Modern Slavery Act - its potential impacts and limitations - Colleen Theron, Sustainability lawyer and consultant.
- Conflict Minerals - Company transparency and the Democratic Republic of Congo - Nathaniel Dyer, Campaign Leader, Global Witness.
- Transparency in the fashion industry - Sarah Ditty, Head of Policy at Fashion Revolution
- The supermarket adjudicator – The need for transparency - Fiona Gooch, Senior Policy Adviser at Traidcraft
3:30 - Key note – Holding companies to account - Marilyn Croser, Director of CORE
4:00 - 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.
Themes will include:
- Environmental protection
- Workers rights
- Corporate power
- Free trade
- Jonathan Bartley of the Green Party
- Michelle Thew, CEO of Cruelty Free International
- Constance Laisné, co-founder of Altgen
5:00 - 6:00
Beer, wine and networking
When & Where
Ethical Consumer is a not-for-profit, multi-stakeholder co-operative, dedicated to the
promotion of universal human rights, environmental sustainability and animal welfare.
- encourage sustainable behaviour across the corporate sector through market pressure
- empower individual consumers to take action on issues of concern to them
- lead international discussion and research on the potential of ethical purchasing