Join us for our AGM and Speakers on Fair Trade in Tough Times

November 17, 2010

Register now or download a poster to promote the event.

On the 13th December, from 6.00 (for 6.15) to 8.00 the Oxford Fair Trade Coalition will be hosting an AGM, panel discussion and social event to explore the future of Fair Trade in uncertain times.

  • What do changes in UK politics mean for Fairtrade in the public sector?
  • How are Fair Trade companies and ethical businesses developing new markets and new products?
  • What are the challenges and opportunities for Fairtrade in coming years?
  • How can we increase the positive impact Oxford has on the world through Fairtrade?

The meeting will also include a short AGM, with a report back from the Chair of recent activities of the Coalition, and an opportunity to stand for, and vote for, Chair and Treasurer of the coalition.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Andrew Smith MP*  talking about the value of Fairtrade
  • Maranda St John Nicole from CCOW talking about the Fairtrade Banana trade in the Windward Isles
  • Kia Gambirasio from local business French Letter Fairtrade Condoms talking about taking Fair Trade to new markets
  • Louise Taplin talking about Just Change – a revolutionary alternative trading system linking producer and consumer communities in India and the UK

Our speakers will provide short inputs, followed by open discussion which we hope local businesses, campaigners, schools and colleges and community groups will contribute to, sharing their reflections and updates on how they are working to develop Fair Trade.

You will also be able to contribute to our Oxford Fair Trade Map building up a picture of Fair Trade in Oxford.

Open to all from across Oxford and Oxfordshire interested in promoting Fair Trade through enterprise and community activities, from Fair Trade schools to developing Fair Trade businesses.

*Subject to parliamentary business.

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Wrapping Oxford in Fair Trade Bunting for FTF2011: take part!

November 16, 2010

Can we wrap Oxford in Fair Trade Cotton bunting to celebrate Fair Trade Fortnight 2011?

We’re inviting groups across Oxford to create and decorate their own Fair Trade bunting for Fair Trade Fortnight – displaying it at schools, colleges, workplaces, places of worship, and in setting right across Oxford, before bringing all the bunting together to see how far we can reach across Oxford with flags of Fair Trade cotton.

If you want to take part then:

1) Let us know! Add a comment below or drop an e-mail to

2) Get hold of Fair Trade Cotton – the Fairtrade Foundation are offering packs of blank Fair Trade cotton bunting and pre-created bunting. Check the FTF2011 leaflets – or talk to one of our local Fairtrade shops to get large supplies.

3) During Fair Trade Fortnight (28th Feb – 13th March) host a session creating Fair Trade bunting. You could decorate Fair Trade cotton bunting from the Fair Trade Foundation, or make your own from recycled Fair Trade cotton and more.

4) At the end of Fair Trade Fortnight (date and venue to be announced) bring your bunting to a central point where we’ll be seeing how far we can reach with bunting across Oxford.

Schools? Community Groups? Faith Groups?

The Fairtrade Foundation have a wide range of resources available that you can use to turn a bunting workshop into a great learning and social opportunity.

We’re hoping to share more ideas for Fair Trade bunting events here soon – but do share your ideas as well…

Oxford represented at International Fair Trade Towns Conference in Bonn

November 16, 2010

Two members of the Oxford Fair Trade Coalition took part in the Fourth International Fair Trade Towns Conference in Oxford’s twin town, Bonn, on 5th-6th November 2010.

The conference brought together Fair Trade Towns campaigns from across the world to share learning about promoting local work on Fair Trade. The event provided a great opportunity for forging and renewing Fair Trade links with our Twin Town.

You can find out more about the International Fair Trade Towns Campaign on their website.