During Fairtrade Fortnight the University of Leeds organised a debate entitled ‘How Fair is Fair Trade?’ which took place on 9th March.
Speakers included Dr Anne Tallontire who is a leading authority on the practice of Fair Trade and Mark Dawson, a PhD researcher who is looking at church support for Fair Trade in the UK. They were joined on the panel by Amrisha Pandey and Francis Okanigbuan, from the University’s School of Law and Charlotte Scott, a fashion entrepreneur.
Bev Kenny, Head of Catering and Conferencing hosted the event which was organised by the sustainability team at the university.
There was a lively question and answer session with focus on the environmental credentials of Fair Trade and how it can fit into a sustainability agenda. The debate ended with comments as to the importance of changing hearts and minds in order to raise support for social justice and environmental action.