• Rev. John Martin

Ask the Expert!

Our distinguished panel will launch the conference with the general question: What do we mean by ‘Fair Trade’ and ‘Ethical Shopping’? Panellists have been drawn from a variety of areas across the Fair Trade landscape in Australia. Through an initial ten minutes presentation each - and subsequent discussion with each other and the audience- our understanding of the nature of fair trade and ethical shopping in Australia will be expanded.

The panelists are:

Grant Murray - representing the Fair Trade Association of Australia. Grant and his wife Mignonne run an online Fair Trade retail business, Tribes and Nations, and are sponsors of the conference. The Fair Trade Association is also a major sponsor of the conference.

Molly Harriss Olson - As the CEO of Fairtrade Australia & New Zealand, Molly Harriss Olson leads a dynamic team strengthening Fairtrade supply chains, growing revenue and bolstering environmental and economic sustainability practices throughout the Asia Pacific region.Recognised for her three decades of leadership in sustainable development, Molly has convened, driven and contributed to numerous boards, business leadership and sustainability initiatives. She speaks widely to senior business, government and civic leadership groups, sharing her expertise in sustainability, economic redesign, green building innovation, fair trade and development issues. Among Molly's achievements, she delivered the opening plenary of the World Economic Forum's 2000 meeting in Davos, chaired Swedish King Carl Gustaf's Business Leadership and the Environment Symposium in 1996, and was named one of the Australian Financial Review's "100 Women of Influence" in 2014.

Fairtrade Australia is a major sponsor of the conference.

James Dunlop - Senior Campaign Manager, Oxfam Australia- As a lead campaigner at Oxfam Australia, James has led Oxfam’s public campaigns on Labour Rights since the collapse of the Rana Plaza building in 2013, running successful campaigns against a host of brands including Gorman, BONDS and Just Jeans. Building on over 20 years of labour rights campaigning at Oxfam, James is passionate about mobilising the Australian public to stand with garment workers and finding new ways to keep hounding big Aussie clothing companies to change.

Toni Hassan - Director, STOP THE TRAFFIK Australia Coalition and research scholar with the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture, Charles Sturt University.

Panel Moderator - Robert Martin - Melbourne Director, City Bible Forum.In Melbourne Robert runs a weekly half hour radio programme, ‘Bigger Questions’ where he explores questions of faith with a well known personality from the worlds of sport, business, academia and general life. https://biggerquestions.org

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