Monday, 14 May 2007

Karma Co-op General Manager part of Fair Trade Panel

Graeme Hussey is participating in a panel discussion this Wednesday (16 May 2007) regarding corporate involvement in the Fair Trade movement:


FAIR TRADE, CORPORATIONS AND THE SOCIAL ECONOMY

Bill Barrett, Planet Bean Coffee
Gavin Fridell, Trent University
Graeme Hussey, Karma Co-Op

Wednesday, May 16, 2007; 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm.
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto
252 Bloor St. West, Toronto; Room 12-199

While the Fair Trade movement was originally an exclusively social
economy movement, there has been increasing participation by traditional
businesses, most notably large corporations, in recent years.

Some would suggest that this increased participation by corporations has been a
good development as it has contributed significantly to the movement’s
tremendous growth. Others are less sanguine about the role that
corporations have been playing, suggesting that it is altering the
nature of Fair Trade and perhaps undermining its long term survival.

This panel will examine the current state of Fair Trade in Canada, especially
the opportunities that Fair Trade present for social economy actors and
the challenges that corporate involvement in Fair Trade create for them.

Bring your lunch and a mug: coffee, tea and water will be provided.

For more information, visit the Social Economy Lunchbox Speakers' Series page.

To RSVP, or for more information, contact Sherap Winn at
swinn@oise.utoronto.ca or (416) 923-6641, ext. 2087.

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