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The Only Way is Up! Conference
The Only Way is Up! Conference
Tuesday November 5, 2019 Image: MinFA
All day event


November 5, 2019
November 6, 2019


Van Nelle Fabriek
Van Nelleweg 1
Rotterdam, 3044 BC Netherlands
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Ministry of Foreign Affairs

As sustainable sourcing becomes the norm, the next frontier lies in achieving living wage and living income. Seven international organizations work to advance this movement, and organize the “The Only Way is Up!” Conference to collaborate on the challenges and opportunities ahead with actors from across the agrofood sector .

The Only Way is Up! Conference is convened by Hivos, Fairfood, Fairtrade, IDH Sustainable Trade Initiative, Rainforest Alliance, the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development, and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and takes place in Rotterdam on November 5 and 6, 2019.

Over the course of this two-day conference, participants will find inspiration in successful initiatives, learn from best practices, and identify how to overcome bottlenecks and hurdles. Workshops and discussions will help attendees develop collaborations and find solutions.

Programme highlights

  • Debates featuring representatives from business, governments and civil society on taking responsibility and achieving living wage¬†and living income.
  • Interactive breakout sessions covering responsible sourcing, public procurement to achieve better livelihoods, competition rules, and methodologies for wage and income benchmarks.
  • Best practices and challenges in global supply chains, including bananas, cocoa, flowers, and more.
  • Demonstrations of innovative technologies, like blockchain and sustainable pricing mechanisms.

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