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Tackling Modern Slavery Through Fair Trade: how can business and consumers be a force for change?

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The Fair Trade Changemaker Tour is all about giving you the power to create the change you want to see in the world. A part of a series of events, we bring you a thought-provoking international panel discussion on what is driving modern slavery and how we, as consumers and businesses can address the root causes. Through the expertise of our panel and key note speaker on the topics of Fair Trade and modern slavery, we will look at how we can build and support an ecosystem of ethical and Fair Trade enterprises that foster meaningful change.

This event is proudly co-hosted by Fair Trade Association ANZ, WA Fair Trade Collective and UWA Venture. 

Meet the Panel: 

Mitos Urgel (Thailand) - Key Note 
President of World Fair Trade Organisation (WFTO) Asia & CEO of WEAVE Fair Trade in Thailand. Mitos represents 120 Fair Trade social enterprises in the Asia region and for 25 years has worked to advance the rights and livelihoods of women refugees on the Thai/ Myanmar border.

Elly Williams - Key Note 

Research and measurement specialist at Walk Free, an international human rights organisation focused on the eradication of modern slavery. Elly is an author of the 2023 Global Slavery Index, the world's most comprehensive data set on modern slavery.

Robert Roberts

Managing Director of Fair Go Trading, one of Australia's leading Fair Trade enterprises. Robert will share how to grow a successful enterprise that puts the people behind the products at the centre.

Moderated by Shona Hunter

Co- founder of Fairtrade Freo and the W.A. Fairtrade Collective. Shona is a mother, changemaker, environmental activist, social justice advocate, community organiser and lifelong campaigner for Fair Trade and sustainable food systems

MC - Antonia Taylor

Worked for over 15 years’ in the Fair Trade sector including for Oxfam and founded a Cambodian social enterprises that created livelihoods for survivors of trafficking. She is currently the Secretary of Fair Trade Association of ANZ & Founder of ethical trading brand Fair Space.

About Fair Trade Association ANZ

The Fair Trade Association is a not-for-profit membership organisation comprising businesses and individuals who support Fair Trade. Our members here in Australia work with artisans and producers in disadvantaged markets, working with them as respected suppliers, by providing employment and capacity building support in their local community. As a peak body and regional network member of the World Fair Trade Organisation (WFTO) supporting the 10 Principles of Fair Trade we are part of the global Movement

About UWA Venture

Venture is a student led organisation creating opportunities for students to develop enterprise and innovation skills, build capability and grow networks. We believe this is the key to future-proofing careers, resilient to the rapidly changing economy.

About WA Fair Trade Collective

The WA Fair Trade Collective are a group of community members, retailers and wholesalers who actively promote Fair Trade in Western Australia. We provide a forum for development of Fair Trade in WA and keep the WA Fair Trade community up to date with all things Fair Trade

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