The Brussels Development Briefing no. 44 on “Promoting responsible and sustainable sourcing through Fair Trade” took place on 22 June 2016  from 9:00 to 13:00, at the ACP Secretariat in Brussels, Belgium. This Briefings was co-organised by CTA, the European Commission / DEVCO, the ACP Secretariat, CONCORD and the Fair Trade Advocacy Office.

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Programme and Background Note




Biodata of the speakers 



Introduction of the Briefing: Isolina Boto, Manager, CTA Brussels Office [video]

Introductory remarks: Viwanou Gnassounou, Assistant Secretary-General, ACP Secretariat  [video]; Regis Meritan, European Commission/ EuropeAid  [video]; Sergi Corbalán, Fair Trade Advocacy Office  [video]; Michael Hailu Director of CTA  [video]

Panel 1: Responsible value chains, sustainable sourcing and Fair Trade
This panel with provide an overview of sustainable sourcing from a development perspective and the positioning of Fair Trade.

ChairViwanou Gnassounou, Assistant Secretary-General, ACP Secretariat 


– Sustainability of supply chains and fair schemes favorable to farmers
Aynur Mammadova, IISD Associate, SSI Team Member  [presentation|video]

– Unsustainable sourcing: facts and figures
Dr. Adrian de Groot Ruiz, Executive Director, True Price  [presentation|video]

– The Fair Trade market and consumers’ choice contribution to sustainable sourcing
Lily Deforce, Director, Fairtrade Belgium [presentation|video]

– Supermarket sourcing Fair Trade
Rosita Zilli, Deputy Secretary – General, Eurocoop  [presentation|video]

Debate panel 1 [video]

Panel 2: Scaling up successes in sustainable sourcing and Fair Trade
This panel will look at specific examples of successful businesses and PPPs in support of sustainable sourcing.

Chair: Bernd Lange, Chairman of the International Trade Committee of the European Parliament  [video]


– Fair Trade: a farmer’s led movement
Marike De Peña, Chair of Fairtrade International and Chair of the Latin American and Caribbean Network of Small Producer Organizations (CLAC)  [presentation|video]

– Example of B2B sourcing in Fair Trade
Frank Okyere, Kuapa Kokoo environmental and extension manager Fairtrade programme, Ghana   [presentation|video]
Charlotte Borger, Communications Director, 
Divine Chocolate, (UK)  [presentation|video]

– Example of a PPP promoting sustainable sourcing through Fair Trade
Fredrick Masinde, Business Development Manager, Undugu Fair Trade, Kenya  [presentation|video]

– Case study from the Fair Trade in the field
Abel Fernández CONACADO Commercial Manager, Dominican Republic  [presentation|video]

Debate panel 2 [video]

Concluding remarks: Fair Trade Advocacy Office, CTA [video]