Responsible Business Summit to feature Fairtrade’s insights into building business partnerships that add value

The Fairtrade Foundation’s Policy Director Barbara Crowther will share the stage with 50 CEOs and over 350 business practitioners from across the world of business who will meet in London between 7- 8 June for the 15th Responsible Business Summit to discuss how business can deliver a positive impact on the world and society.

Barbara will join the panel for the Big Partnership Debate – SDGs and Climate Change that explores how charities, businesses and government can work effectively together. The audience will walk away with an outline of how to practically approach collaboration and build a responsible partnership that meets their company’s needs and actually adds value.

Fellow panellists for the session will include: Tim Hunter, Director of Fundraising Oxfam; Richard Ellis, Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility, Walgreens Boots Alliance; Aidan Cotter, CEO, The Irish Food Board; Margarida Ferreirinha, Communication and Sustainability Director, REN.

Barbara highlights the importance of this collaborative opportunity:


“This summit will deliver practical examples of how firms big and small can embrace partnerships that will deliver measurable, long term impacts on the ground.   How amazing if in five years we can say that the principles of equity, inclusiveness and transparency, along with respect for human and environmental rights and a commitment to fair pay, are cornerstones of the way businesses operate? Fairtrade’s experience is that it is possible to trade successfully – and at scale, within commercial markets – in a way which supports clearly defined sustainable development outcomes. The Fairtrade retail market in the UK alone was worth £1.6 billion in 2015, delivered by household names and up and coming start-ups.”

“Drawing on over 20 years of experience, the Fairtrade Foundation is increasing its own portfolio of business opportunities and services, using the Sustainable Development Goals as a framework, to drive faster, deeper impact on global trade and supply chain issues – from climate change adaptation, to decent work and improved workers’ rights, to women’s economic empowerment, and value diversification towards sustainable livelihoods for farmers and workers. We look forward to exchanging insights and ideas at the Responsible Business Summit which is such a great platform for exploring partnership opportunities.”

Joining Barbara and the rest of the conference include representatives from Fairphone, 02, Ecolab, Odeon, Virgin Atlantic and Nespresso who will share the stage with 50 other CEOs and senior corporate execs, NGOs and governmental ministers to discuss their vision on how business can deliver a positive impact on the world and society.

The Responsible Business Summit is the concluding part in the Ethical Corporation Global Responsible Business Series. Spanning three continents in three months, the series brings together leading business, governmental, NGO and academia professionals to share ideas on how to make business more ethical and responsible. For more information about the event visit here.