Fair Trade consumption
The question of whether and how Fair Trade connects producers, consumers
and other stakeholders along the supply chain were broken down into six
themes which provided the structure of the symposium. It was noted that Fair Trade will be considered in the broad sense, including a wide array
of products and services, whether certified or not, and from a variety of
conceptual and cultural perspectives. Authors submitting an abstract had selected one of the following themes, or a maximum of two in the case of a
From North to South and
- How can supply chains enable producers and consumers
- How is supply chain governance organised? How is information exchanged?
- How is value distributed along the supply chain? What
are the opportunities for producers to capture more value?
- What are the power relations of Fair Trade at the sites of production, retail
Certification and standard-setting
- What consequences do
standards and their implementation have on the relationships between
producers, consumers and other actors within fair trade supply chain?
- What is the possible role of public
regulation/procurement schemes in relation to standards?
- How can Fair Trade be linked to local standards and
promotion initiatives (e.g. support for small farmers, local trading systems,
promotion of regional foods)?
The organisational and
entrepreneurial dimension of Fair Trade
- Which organizational/business models are best suited
for Fair Trade practitioners in the North and the South?
- Do Fair Trade
organizations evolve towards one dominant model, following “best practices”, or
is there room for a diversified landscape?
- How can Fair Trade entrepreneurs achieve social,
economic and environmental success?
- Are there lessons to be learned from the South by the
North and vice versa?
Producers and Fair Trade
- Does the impact on producers depend on the type of
- How can impact be adequately assessed to take tangible
(quantifiable; outcomes) and less tangible (qualitative; process;
relationships) features into account?
- Does Fair Trade provide real empowerment or just
access to global markets?
- How can Fair Trade foster equality and inclusiveness
among producers and producer groups in local and global contexts?
- Are Fair Trade consumers segmented into an ethical
niche or networked within a social movement?
- Does Fair Trade consumption correspond to a feel-good
effect or to a citizen commitment?
- To what extent is 'the consumer' an appropriate unit
of analysis for analysing people's engagement with Fair Trade in the North?
- What are the opportunities and challenges of Fair
Trade consumption in the South?
Global connections in a
- How can we
conceptualise Fair Trade's relationships with market, state, and civil
- How does Fair Trade
connect to corporations? How do we go beyond traditional debates on
- How does Fair Trade
connect to public institutions and public policy at different levels?
- To what extent is
Fair Trade (still) anchored in civil society and can it (still) be considered
as a social movement?
- How is Fair Trade
affiliated to concepts such as sustainable development, social
entrepreneurship, the social/solidarity economy, cooperativism, etc.? How does it relate to
religion and faith?
- How should we
conceptualise the role of place and institution-based Fair Trade schemes
in the global connections (e.g. Fairtrade Towns, Fairtrade Schools,