The Fair Trade Fair 2023 – feel-good niche or significant contribution to change?

The ceremonial opening of the Fair Trade and Slow Food Fair with Philipp Keil (Managing Director SEZ), Dr. Nina Wolff (Chairwoman of Slow Food Germany), Cem Özdemir (Federal Minister for Food and Agriculture) and Thekla Walker (Minister for the Environment, Climate and Energy Sector) will give the starting signal on Thursday for more than a hundred exhibitors and a top-class specialist and supporting program that will attract trade fair visitors *invites people to consume globally responsibly. The international trade fair shows with countless participation offers how fair trade and globally responsible action works in practice. The highlight is the platform GREENSTYLE X Future Fashion, which is in Stuttgart for the first time and shows popular regional and international brands with sustainable fashion and accessories.

Fair trade needs customers and young people

“When it comes to food, many people have been aware of it for a long time and when it comes to choosing our clothing, we are just beginning to know the symptoms of our unsustainable lifestyle and know what the limits are. However, the single-digit share of fair trade products in the economy is not enough. It has to be much bigger and for that we need new ideas,” says Philipp Keil, Managing Director of the SEZ. With the special area Future fashion and the Mindchangers Summit: #creatingchangebw – Youth for Global Justice On Saturday afternoon in the International Congress Center (ICS), young people are specifically invited to the trade fair. “There are many young people who are very aware of the impact of their consumer behavior. We have to listen to them and learn from each other,” emphasizes Philipp Keil. Trade fair visitors can develop facts and solutions for more global sustainability in competitions, rallies and quizzes at the Fairchange Market and at the SEZ stand in Hall 1. The partnership between Baden-Württemberg and Burundi invites you to actively act fairly.

Make the partnership between Baden-Württemberg and Burundi better known

Burundi coffee shows that fair dealing always means choosing fair and organic coffee for your daily coffee. It is a product of the partnership between Baden-Württemberg and Burundi that you can try and touch. Produced ecologically and in a socially responsible manner with the COCOCA cooperative in Burundi, it is sold by WeltPartner from Baden-Württemberg. With the photo campaign at the stand of the State Ministry of Baden-Württemberg, trade fair visitors can support the planting of new trees in the partner country Burundi with their photo. Burundi coffee will be tasted and sold at the fair and in the stage program a barista will reveal tips for enjoying coffee at the fair tasting. The stand also invites you to “visit” the wonderful landscape in Rutana in a climate-neutral manner and to learn more about the climatic effects in Burundi.

The fair trade fair

Sustainable, committed and future-oriented – this is what Fair Handel stands for as an international trade fair for fair trade and globally responsible action. As a professional and intellectual sponsor, the SEZ examines exhibitors and curates the supporting program. The Fair Trade trade fair is a trade and consumer trade fair as well as an information and contact exchange at the same time. Importers, traders, companies, NGOs, churches and associations meet with media and decision-makers from politics and society and can get in direct contact with interested consumers. Visitors can expect a variety of products and offers of the highest quality. From food or handicrafts from fair trade to eco-fair fashion and information on development policy, sustainable investments to climate-conscious and ethically and socially just travel offers. Accompanying the Trade fair finds an attractive and informative Fringe events instead.

Background to the SEZ

The Baden-Württemberg Development Cooperation Foundation (SEZ) wants to sensitize the population of Baden-Württemberg for globally responsible action and show how everyone can do something for a fairer world. The foundation promotes and networks private, municipal and regional initiatives to improve and deepen partnerships with countries in the so-called Global South. In doing so, it strengthens the awareness of people in Baden-Württemberg for the global connections of local actions.

Location: Stuttgart, Stuttgart Trade Fair, Hall 1

Opening hours:

Thursday, April 13.04.2023, 14, 00:22 p.m. – 00:XNUMX p.m

Friday, April 14.04th until Sunday, April 16.04.2023, 10, 00:18 a.m. – 00:XNUMX p.m


Day ticket weekday (incl. VVS) online: €15,00 / on site €18,00

Weekend day ticket (incl. VVS) online tickets €17 / on site €20,00

Lunch ticket weekday (only valid for Friday from 14 p.m.) Online ticket €9,00 / on site €12,00

Lunch ticket weekend (from 14 p.m.) online ticket €12,00 / on site €15,00

Children up to and including 15 years of age are allowed to attend the fair free of charge when accompanied by an adult

Calendar of Events




About Us


Jobs & Careers

Foundation mission


Board of Trustees

Board of Trustees

support group


Global Commune

Africa Forum #Changing the Narrative

Partnership Center

World:Citizens asked!

project funding





BW-Burundi partnership

Act fairly

Future fashion

School and global learning

To connect

Funded projects

World shop directory Baden-Württemberg

Network map for Baden-Württemberg

Media Library

Photo and video gallery

Exhibition rental

SEZ publications