FTIS 2018: Portsmouth

The FTIS Steering Committee are delighted to announce that the 6th Fair Trade International Symposium will be held in Portsmouth 26-28 June 2018

Fair Trade and the SDGs: Investigating the fairness of sustainable development

The aim of the conference is to investigate the ethics and practice of fairness that constitute the processes, goals and indicators of sustainable development.

We encourage researchers and practitioners to use the SDGs, in particular the nine identified below, as a lens to explore and assess Fair Trade’s contribution to date and potential to support a global agenda towards sustainable development.

This list is indicative of some of the topics and questions that we consider will be of interest to Fair Trade scholars and stakeholders – however, we also encourage papers that explore alternative approaches and new perspectives on SDGs beyond those identified here.

SDG 1 - No poverty: How can Fair Trade contribute to the overarching goal of ending poverty in all its forms everywhere?  How can researchers and practitioners measure and assess Fair Trade’s impact on poverty reduction?

SDG 2 - Zero hunger: How does Fair Trade support sustainable agriculture and food security? To what extent do Fair Trade interventions increase standards of living and reduce vulnerability of smallholder farmers and workers?

SDG 5 - Gender equality: How does Fair Trade ensure that women receive equal pay to men? Do Fair Trade organisations enable women to participate fully in decision-making?

SDG 8 - Decent work and economic growth: How can standard-setting approaches, such as Fair Trade, improve working conditions and livelihoods in global supply chains? How do differences in market structures and institutional networks affect the dynamics and efficacy of Fair Trade programmes?

SDG 10 - Reduced inequalities: How does Fair Trade seek to address issues of inequality in international trade? How can Fair Trade address imbalances in power and influence between stakeholders in the Global North and Global South?

SDG 12 - Responsible consumption and production: How does Fair Trade support a policy and market environment that promotes sustainable consumption and production? What does ethical consumption look like in ‘emerging economy’ contexts, and how does this inform existing notions of Fair Trade?

SDG 13 - Climate action: How does Fair Trade promote sustainable farming practices? What is the balance between climate change mitigation and adaptation?

SDG 16 - Peace, justice and strong institutions: How does Fair Trade support inclusive societies, access to justice and accountable and effective institutions? What role can Fair Trade organisations play in influencing the accountability of institutions at a national and international level?

SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals: How has Fair Trade developed local and global partnerships? What are the challenges of shaping and influencing a multi-stakeholder initiative? 


Papers may set out to address a specific SDG or investigate cross-cutting themes relevant to Fair Trade and sustainable development.

Call for papers will open: September 2017

For any conference enquiries please email: FTIS2018@gmail.com