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.