People-centred businesses

Making Supply Chains Work for Small Producers

This event will create a much needed space for a discussion on the opportunities and risks of the private sector in development. It will introduce the concept of a people-centred business model and the added value it provides within partnerships.



      • Klaus Rudischhauser
      • Deputy Director General, DG DevCo, EU Commission
      • Gay Mitchell
      • Hosting MEP

Session 1 - Key Note Speeches

2:00PM - 2:45PM Gay Mitchell, Hosting MEP, EPP Coordinator of the Development Committee

Klaus Rudischhauser, Deputy Director General, Sectoral and Thematic Directorates, DG DevCo - EU Commission

Brendan Rogers, Director General, Irish Aid

Harriet Lamb, CEO, Fairtrade International

Moderator: Klaus Niederlander, Director, Cooperatives Europe

Session 2 - How can the EU support the empowerment of small producers in developing countries?

2:45PM - 3:30PM Tadesse Meskela, General Manager Oromia Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union - Ethiopia

Tomy Mathew, Chairman Association of Indian Fairtrade Producers, Promoter of Fair Trade Alliance Kerala, former Board member of Liberation Nuts - India

Barbara Crowther, Director of Communications and Policy, Fairtrade Foundation - UK

Jean-Pierre Halkin, Head of Unit C1, Rural development, food security and nutrition, DG DevCo - EU Commission

Moderator: Marieke Poissoner, Coordinator Policy & Advocacy Department, Oxfam Wereldwinkles - Belgium
3:30PM - 3:45PM Q&A and discussion

Session 3 - How can the EU help building partnerships in supply chains and promote a people-centred business model?

3:45PM - 4:30PM Stephanie Barrientos, Professor, University of Manchester - UK

Robin Roth, CEO, GEPA - Germany

Vladimiro Adelmi, Own Brand Products Director, Coop Italia - Italy

Jochanan Senf, EU Director, Ben & Jerry's - UK

Giorgio Cocchi, Deputy Head of Unit C4, Private sector development, trade and regional integration, DG DevCo - EU Commission

Moderator: Hannah Newcomb, International Development Manager, The Co-operative Group - UK
4:30PM - 4:45PM Q&A and discussion

Session 4: Closing summary

4:45PM - 5:00PM Dirk J. Lehnhoff, President , Cooperatives Europe - closing remarks

Gay Mitchell, Hosting MEP - wrap up

Moderator: Sergi Corbalan, Executive Director, Fair Trade Advocacy Office

Fair Trade Cocktail

5:00PM - 6:00PM Networking around Ethically produced and Fairly Traded products

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