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6000 visitors at FAIR FRIENDS 2018

With around 6,000 visitors, around 15 percent more guests came to the halls than in the previous year. They experienced the wide range of products and services on offer from around 220 exhibitors from 17 countries as well as an extensive supporting programme. In the visitor survey conducted by an independent trade fair market research institute, visitors were very satisfied with FAIR FRIENDS 2018. They awarded an average score of 1.9. The trade day on fair and sustainable procurement on the first day of the fair was just as good. > more

Eco-friendly event: FAIR FRIENDS

A trade fair consumes electricity, fuel & co. The trade fair FAIR FRIENDS is setting an example. As part of the fair, the Organiser Messe Dortmund GmbH is supporting Klima-Kollekte (carbon-offsetting fund) energy projects. In developing and newly industrialised countries, around 100 tons of CO2 are offset and sustainable development of the local population is promoted at the same time. >> More

Important Information

Unfortunatelly time and time again exhibitors are contacted by dubious companies wanting to include them in so-called Trade Fair and Exhibitors’ Directories, such as FAIR GUIDE, International Fairs Directory or EXPO-GUIDE. In most cases these are publishing companies who have not been authorised by the Trade Fair Organiser and who change for insertions in various directories after giving the impression that their services are free of charge. >> read more

Expert day

The FAIR FRIENDS Expert day on 05 September 2019 The concept of FAIR FRIENDS is changing. 05 September 2019 will for the first time only be open to trade visitors. In the new North Entrance Foyer, the Marketplace for Sustainable Investments, the Sustainable Procurement Day and the Entrepreneur Breakfast will provide an ideal setting for all visitors who are professionally committed to more sustainability.


General public days
6. bis 8. September

This is a golden opportunity for you if you sell sustainable products and designs to consumers or want to advertise your sustainable corporate philosophy.


FAIR FRIENDS – Germany's largest sustainability fair

FAIR FRIENDS offers a large range of products and services to allow you to live and work in a fair, social and sustainable way. Interested parties can purchase and order items, and get information and inspiration. Vegan, vegetarian and regional dishes, on-site demonstrations, educational activities and presentations make FAIR FRIENDS an inevitable highlight in the sustainability calendar.

The fair is a strong communication platform that brings together customers, retails, young and low-level entrepreneurs, manufacturers, producers, and even associations under one roof. It also offers an ideal environment for communication on projects, programmes and public campaigns. Potential trade visitors include parochial and communal purchases, CSR managers and purchasing decision-makers for sustainable products and services in the area of B2B. With the topic of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), the trade fair

deals with a topic which companies and institutions are devoting ever more attention to. Even the EU Commission has presented its own CSR strategy.

The Topic Areas At A Glance
Dortmund has already established itself over the past few years as the location for Germany's largest Fair Trade Fair. This strength also lives on at FAIR FRIENDS. 
The topic area of "Fair Trade" offers a comprehensive market overview from all walks of life, and brings together the available range of and ever increasing demand for fair produced and traded products in a targeted fashion. Fair working conditions, fair produced and traded products from all areas of life are just as in focus here as certifications.

The new topic of "Social Responsibility" looks at current topics and challenges in the area of corporate social responsibility, and offers places for discussion and solution approaches for product and service innovations as well as pressing developments in society. Topics include shared economy, resource scarcity, climate change, social responsibility, sustainable finances, alternative energies, integration, inclusion and much more.

The topic of "Trade Fair for sustainable lifestyles" is aimed exclusively at ethnic economies and offers a wide mix of products and services for trade and individual retailers, as well as interested consumers, to allow everyone to make sustainable purchasing decisions. This means, for example, regional, vegan and organic food, alternative forms of living and local mobility, sustainable quality of life, recycling and upcycling, cradle to cradle (the vision of a waste-free economy), as well as innovative new concepts for the responsibility-aware life of tomorrow.

On the trade visitor day, the fair offers trade forums, presentations and topic islands, amongst others. On the end user days, entertaining programme items such as workshops, cooking demonstrations or fashion shows draw in the crowds. The individual trade fair topics are separated from one another in different halls, making it easier for visitors to get an overview by walking around the different areas of interest.

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