Past Event


Delivering sustainable business models and a fair deal for local producers

17 November 2011 17:00–18:30

Chichester Lecture Theatre

Harriet Lamb visits a coffee smallholding in RwandaAbout the lecture

Fairtrade Director, Harriet Lamb will provide an insight into the work of the Fairtrade Foundation, examining what role private sector investment has to play in reducing poverty and how we can encourage more inclusive and sustainable business models.

About the speaker

Harriet Lamb has been Executive Director of the Fairtrade Foundation since 2001. She has guided the Foundation through a period of staggering growth, which has seen estimated sales of Fairtrade products in the UK increase from £30m in her first year to £1.17bn in 2010.

Harriet came to the Fairtrade Foundation from Fairtrade Labelling Organisations International (FLO) in Germany where she was Acting Director and Banana Co-ordinator. Before this, she worked as Head of Campaigns at the World Development Movement (WDM) and with other non-governmental organisations, always with an interest in international development issues.

Harriet did her degree at Cambridge, and later studied for an MPhil in Development Studies from the Institute of Development Studies in Sussex.  Harriet was awarded a CBE in the New Year’s Honours List 2006, in recognition of her work in building Fairtrade in the UK. In 2008, Harriet won the prestigious Outstanding Woman in Business at the Credit Suisse National Business Awards, and was named the 2008 Ultimate Eco-Queen at the Cosmopolitan magazine Ultimate Women of the Year Awards.

In 2010, the Fairtrade Foundation won the European Business Award for 2010, sponsored by HSBC, in the Corporate Sustainability category. The Fairtrade Foundation was also last year awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the Sustainable Development category.

The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception. All welcome.