Ghent awarded first “EU Cities for Fair and Ethical Trade Award”

 PRESS RELEASE 

The Fair Trade Movement warmly congratulates Ghent on being awarded today the first “EU City for Fair and Ethical Trade Award” by the European Commissioner for Trade, Cecilia Malmström. Congratulations are extended also to Dortmund, Saarbrücken, Lyon and Madrid who received special mentions for education and community participation, inspiring procurement practice, innovation and global partnerships respectively. 

The “EU City for Fair and Ethical Trade Award” is an initiative of the European Commission, as a follow-up to the EC 2015 "Trade for All" strategy. The award aims to recognise and celebrate cities’ achievements and positive impact on social, economic and environmental sustainability in international trade.

In partnership with the Committee of the Regions and the European Parliament’s Fair Trade Working Group, the Fair Trade Movement and Fair Trade Towns, have been calling for the setting up of this award for several years as a tool for acknowledging and growing the local Fair Trade initiatives taking place across the EU.

Congratulations to Ghent on winning the title and to all cities who participated in the award competition! The Fair Trade movement depends on a strong global grassroots supporter base, and it is dedicated activists and consumers who are playing a key role in driving global impact in sustainable development. Thanks for the commitment of your communities on behalf of all Fairtrade farmers and workers! said Dario Soto Abril, CEO Fairtrade International.

Francesca Giubilo, Coordinator of the World Fair Trade Organization Europe added: I am glad to see the EU supporting local authorities standing out for their commitment to fair and ethical trade. I do hope other local authorities could feel inspired by these projects and recognise the crucial role they play in promoting the uptake of Fair Trade not only at local but also at European level." 

Back to back with the award ceremony, the Fair Trade Advocacy Office (FTAO) is holding a conference titled ‘From local to EU Level: Scaling Up Fair Trade in Europe’. The FTAO event is co-funded by the European Union and Engagement Global. It aims to seize the ceremony as an opportunity to facilitate exchange among local authorities and civil society organisations on how they are supporting Fair Trade, and too discuss what measures the EU could take to support the upscaling of local Fair Trade projects.

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The Fair Trade Advocacy Office (FTAO) speaks out for Fair Trade and Trade Justice with the aim to improve the livelihoods of marginalised producers and workers in the South. The FTAO is a joint initiative of Fairtrade International, the World Fair Trade Organization-Global and the World Fair Trade Organization-Europe.

Contact:

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EU Conference: 'From local to EU level: Scaling up Fair Trade in Europe'

 27 June (16:30-18:00) - 28 June (9:00-16:00)

European Committee of the Regions (Brussels, Van Maerlant Building)

Please note - if you can´t make it to the full conference, you are most welcome to join the Picture Opportunity and the Fair Trade cocktail on the evening of 27 June, to celebrate the first edition of the EU Cities for Fair and Ethical Trade Award with Members of the European Parliament and the Fair Trade movement and supporters. (Please register via the link below). 

REGISTER

Back-to-back to the first EU Cities for Fair and Ethical Trade Award Ceremony on 27 June, the Fair Trade Advocacy Office is organising the EU conference;´From local to EU level: Scaling up Fair Trade in Europe´. 

Hosted by the European Committee of the Regions (CoR), the conference wants to seize the Award Ceremony as an opportunity to facilitate an exchange among EU local authorities on how they are supporting Fair Trade and how the EU could support the upscale of their local Fair Trade projects.

The discussions will feed a list of policy recommendations that the Fair Trade Advocacy Office will present to the upcoming European Commission in order to further support local authorities’ work on Fair Trade. These recommendations will be also summarised in a publication which will be released by the end of 2018.

DRAFT AGENDA  


27 June 2018

16.30 – 16.40 Welcome speech

Helmut Scholz, Member of the European Parliament (MEP) and the European Parliament Fair Trade Working Group (EP FTWG)

16.40 – 17.40 Stakeholders panel with mayors from EU cities committed to Fair Trade: Unlocking the potential of local authorities to promote Fair Trade

Moderator: Elen Jones, Policy Adviser - Globally Responsible Wales Office of the Future Generations Commissioner

17.40 – 17.50 Concluding remarks by MEP McAvan, Chair of the EP FTWG

17.50 – 18.00 Joint photo opportunity for mayors and MEPs committed to Fair Trade

18:00 – 19:00 Fair Trade cocktail

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28 June 2018

9.00 – 9.20 Welcome coffee

9.20 – 9.25 Opening by Ms. Micaela Fanelli, Member of the European Committee of the Regions and of the jury of the EU Cities for Fair and Ethical Trade Award

9.25 – 9.40 Preliminary findings of the research “Scaling up Fair Trade in Europe: barriers and opportunities for local authorities”, Alice Sinigaglia, Consultant for the Fair Trade Advocacy Office

9.40 – 11.30 Looking forward: how can the next EU Commission further support local
authorities’ work on Fair Trade? (first part)

Participants join one of the two conference’s workshops below. During the workshops,
participants will contribute to develop specific recommendations to the EU on what
could be done to further support local authorities’ work on Fair Trade.

▪ Workshop 1a: Public procurement and Fair Trade
The workshop aims to discuss the legal and other obstacles or questions that
contracting authorities that want to buy Fair Trade products face in Europe.
Moderator: Peter Möhringer, Project Coordinator – Fair Trade Advocacy
Office

Rapporteur: Sergi Corbalán, Executive Director - Fair Trade Advocacy Office

▪ Workshop 1b: National and EU awards for local authorities promoting Fair Trade
The workshop aims to discuss about the current national and EU awards aiming at rewarding local authorities promoting Fair Trade and the possible synergies among them.

Moderator: Lothar Boeykens, Coordinator - Fair Trade Towns Campaign
Flanders, Belgium
Rapporteur: MEP Helmut Scholz

11.30 – 11.45 Coffee break

11.45 – 13.00 Looking forward: how can the next EU Commission further support local
authorities’ work on Fair Trade? (second part)

▪ Workshop 2a: Fair Textile Public Procurement
The workshop aims to feature some good practice on fair textiles public
procurement from local authorities and networks in Europe. It also aims to
discuss about the obstacles that contracting authorities and the private sector
face, as well as what the EU could do to facilitate a better matching of supply
and demand in this area.
Moderator: Peter Möhringer, Project Coordinator, Fair Trade Advocacy Office
Rapporteur: MEP Lola Sánchez

▪ Workshop 2b: Capacity building and funding opportunities to support the
uptake and the upscale of local Fair Trade initiatives
The workshop aims to identify the current capacity building needs of local
authorities that aim to promote Fair Trade and the funding opportunities that
are currently available to help them implement and upscale local Fair Trade
initiatives.
Moderator: Lisa Hermann, Head of Campaigning, Fairtrade Germany
Rapporteur: MEP Arne Lietz

13:00 – 14:00 Networking lunch

14.00 – 14.30 Workshops wrap-up session
In plenary, the rapporteurs of the workshops will summarise the main
recommendations raised by the participants of the conference. Conclusions will be
summarised in a publication which will be released by the end of 2018.

14.30 – 15:00 Q&A & debate
In plenary, participants will have the opportunity to react to the main recommendations
presented by the rapporteurs.

15.00 – 15.30 'Trade Fair Live Fair' : Presentation of future small grants opportunity for small
cross-border actions by local authorities and Civil Society Organisations
promoting Fair Trade by Sergi Corbalán, Executive Director of the Fair Trade
Advocacy Office

15.30 – 15:45 “Trade Fair Live Fair” future small grants opportunity: Q&A
Participants will have the opportunity to ask more details on the small grant opportunity
grant and how to take part in the initiative.

15.45- 16.00 Concluding remarks by Wangeci Gitata, Resource Mobilisation & Partnerships
Manager, Fairtrade Africa, and Felicitas Schuldes, Fair Trade and Public
Procurement Officer, Engagement Global 

For any questions, please email sinigaglia@fairtrade-advocacy.org

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The World Fair Trade Organization Announces New Chief Executive

The Board of Directors of the World Fair Trade Organization has announced the appointment of Erinch Sahan as Chief Executive effective 1 April 2018.

Erinch Sahan is the founder and head of the Future Business Initiative at Oxfam International. He led Oxfam's work on promoting fairer models of business and a range of campaigning and advocacy teams. He has a bachelor’s degrees in Finance and International Business and in Law, and a Master’s Degree in International Law and International Relations.

Erinch Sahan stated that he "is immensely excited to join the WFTO at a time when the Fair Trade movement will be a critical force in shaping a new economic vision for our planet - one based on the values of Fair Trade.”

He will be the successor of Natalia Leal who has resigned from her position as WFTO Chief Executive to pursue other endeavors.

Read WFTO’s announcement here

Positive impact of Make Fruit Fair! on the life of consumers and producers

The DEAR Support Team presented recent positive developments for both producers and consumers from the Make Fruit Fair! project. The Make Fruit Fair! campaign, a project funded by the Development Education Awareness Raising Programme, enables European shoppers to make some simple, informed choices that have improved the lives of countless people in the developing world. Make Fruit Fair! promotes advocacy for more fair and sustainable global supply chains for tropical fruit, especially bananas and pineapples. The project has engaged tens of thousands of European consumers in their three-year quest for change.

By informing European consumers about the human and environmental cost of cheap tropical fruit, encouraging them to change buying habits and by shedding some light on how supermarkets abuse their market power against marginalised producers with Unfair Trading Practices (UTPs), Make Fruit Fair! resulted in better and more permanent employment conditions on plantations supported by the campaign.

Learn more about the lessons learned from the implementation of the project here

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