The products that we buy and use every day may have been produced or harvested by slave and child labor. Supply chains for products including technology, food, clothing, and more have all been linked to slavery. Therefore, we have the power as consumers to demand products that are made by people who are paid a living wage and not exploited. 


In this workshop, you will learn about how your personal buying habits are connected to slavery, how conscious consumerism can help offset the demand for slave labor, and design an action plan to activate your community to purchase and source ethically sourced products. 


Outline/Structure of the Workshop

  1. Introduction to Conscious Consumerism
  2. Activity: How Are Your Buying Habits Connected to Slavery? 
  3. Introduction to Fair Trade
  4. Fair Trade Case Study
  5. Overview of Fair Trade Campaigns
  6. Designing an Action Plan to make your school, congregation, or town Fair Trade

Learning Outcome

  • Identify products that are connected to slavery
  • Understand the concept of Fair Trade as an avenue for conscious consumerism
  • Learn about the impact that Fair Trade certification has on communities around the world
  • Learn about Fair Trade Campaigns and Design an Action Plan to make your community Fair Trade

Target Audience

Students, Community Members, Faith-based communities, and consumers of all kinds!

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    Emily Pasnak-Lapchick - Addressing Harmful Social Norms: At Home and Abroad

    60 Mins

    Harmful social norms can lead to issues such as child marriage, child labor, and child trafficking. In this session, we will explore how social norms in the US and abroad can have negative impacts on children and societies. This will include an interactive portion to discuss the origins of norms, the pervasiveness of them in communities, and examples of how they’ve been harmful. For social norms occurring in countries globally, we will look at how UNICEF has approached these norms using case studies from specific countries. 

    The session will conclude with a hands-on brainstorming portion to identify effective ways that governments, NGOs, and citizens can challenge these harmful norms in socially conscious ways.