One more Fairtrade Fortnight event:Tradecraft’s Paul Spray

March 10, 2012

On Sunday 11th March to coincide with Fairtrade Fortnight, Paul Spray will be preaching at the 10.0am Service at St Mary’s Iffley on ‘Can a Shopping Trolley Lift the Developing World out of Poverty?’. (Paul is presently Policy Adviser at Traidcraft. He has previously worked with NGOs overseas and held senior posts with DFID. He lives in Oxford.) Afterwards in the church hall there will be a discussion with Paul from 11.30 to 12.15 – arrive by 11.15 for coffee; there will also be an extensive Fairtrade stall.

O3 Gallery presents: Ethical Fashion Symposium

March 6, 2012

From Friday 9th to Sunday 11th March, O3 Gallery will be running a series of lively discussions on the links between fashion, fair trade and other ethical issues. The panels will include fashion designers, ethical fashion experts and social anthropologists. They will be tackling such controversial issues as:

  • The impact of the globalizing economy on women expected to conform to traditional roles – the empowerment of entrepreneurship.
  • The impact of fashion, textiles and jewelry on the environment
  • Can luxury goods be ethical?

Venues: Oxford Brookes Unversity, University of Oxford Botanic Gardens, Malmaison Hotel – Oxford Castle.

Tickets  £5 per talk, £4 concessions

To book, contact O3 Gallery.  Tel:01865 246131 / 07963 343465

Follow the link for more detail of this and other events during Oxford’s Fairtrade Fortnight.

Lord Mayor of Oxford to Accept Fairtrade City Award

March 5, 2012

On Friday 9th March, at a ceremony at Oxford Brookes University, Winward Island Fairtrade banana producer, Anton Bowman, will present the Lord Mayor of Oxford with the third award recognising its status as a Fairtrade City. Since the City first gained the award in 2004, there has been an amazing 168% increase in the number of shops, cafés, restaurants and workplaces making Fairtrade goods available in Oxford. Come along and meet Anton and the Lord Mayor and find more about how Fairtrade makes people’s livelihoods more secure. To register email

But we can all go much further:

Individuals, instead of buying one or two Fairtrade goods in your weekly shop, why not try to ensure that everything you buy is fairly traded (after all, think about what the opposite of fairly traded means!). If your store doesn’t stock a particular Fairtrade product, ask them to! Tell them about the Fairtrade Foundation’s list of Fairtrade products.


Businesses, find out about the large and growing range of Fairtarde products you can stock. Fairtrade “sales continue to outperform overall commercial trends with double digit growth in 2011, and look set to grow further in 2012″*, so join the upward trend and you’ll be onto a winner. See the Fairtrade Foundation’s list of Fairtrade products.


Workplaces, switch to Fairtrade tea, coffee, sugar, snacks and hot chocolate and become an active part of the Fairtrade revolution that is taking place today. Check the Fairtrade Foundation’s list of Fairtrade products for a huge array of Fairtrade supplies.

A small step for you, a giant step for justice…

Check out the many Oxford Fairtrade Fortnight events in the coming week. 

*Press release from the Fairtrade Foundation

Coming up in Oxford’s Fairtrade Fortnight

March 5, 2012

Tuesday 6th March

BLACK GOLD – some tickets still available, book now!

18.30-20.30: Film screening: Black Gold. Coffee is the world’s most valuable commodity after oil, but the price paid to coffee farmers remains so low that many have been forced to abandon their farms. “Remarkable – a moving but scandalous story. It has extraordinary power.” Daily Telegraph. Tickets £8.00 standard, £6.00 member students/concession. Venue: Ultimate Picture Palace, Cowley Rd.

NB The Fairtrade Business Lunch scheduled for 6th March has been cancelled.

Wednesday 7th March

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear first hand why Fairtrade is so important to the lives of those who produce our food.

14.00-16.00 Meet Jennipher Wattaker: Ghanaian Fairtrade Coffee Producer. A talk by Jennipher about the difference Fairtrade has made to her life will be followed by product tasting, a Question Time style debate, and a raffle draw. Venue: Exeter Hall, Kidlington. Tel: 01865841418

Photo: Simon Rawles

Thursday 8th March

Take several fascinating steps for Fairtrade on this tailor-made ‘I love Oxford’ walking tour

11.30-12.30 Fairtrade & International Women’s Day Guided Walking Tour led by Alasdair of I love Oxford Walking Tours. Highlights Oxford’s pioneering role in the development of Fairtrade – an issue that has particular impact on the lives of women – and also featuring Oxford’s own famous women. Tours normally cost £7, but this one is FREE. Donations to Oxfam and tips to the guide voluntary. Departs outside Oxfam shop, Broad St. Advance bookings preferred. Tel:07955482637

Lots more is going on in the rest of the week – check out What’s On in Oxford Fairtrade Fortnight 2012

Fairtrade Fortnight 2012 Events This Weekend

March 3, 2012

Saturday 3rd March

All day: ‘Fairtrade Honey Day’ at the Windmill Shop in Headington. Come along and sample a range of homemade items with honey being the common ingredient.

11.30–14.30 Women Working for a Fair Deal Talks by Rukhshanda Naz and Sabita Banerji about pioneering projects in Pakistan and India. Rukhshanda is a board member of Khwendo Kor that empowers women and families in Pakistan through micro-credit, education, and work for women’s rights. Sabita works with Just Change, a radical social trading movement that ensures poor producers and consumers get a fair deal. Fair Trade stalls and refreshments, including lunch. Venue: St. Columba’s Church, Alfred St.

13.00-16.00 Family Friendly Activity – Find out how you can support Fair Trade and take part in our family activities. University of Oxford Botanic Garden, Rose Lane. For more information visit Tel:01865286690

Sunday 4th March

9.00–17.00 Joining Forces: Co-Operatives and Fair Trade. Celebrating the UN International Year of the Co-operatives and Fair Trade Fortnight. Learn about how fair trade and co-ops have benefited their communities. Fair trade and co-operative exhibition, food tasting, join a local co-operative, and fair trade products sale. Venue: Oxford Hub, Turl Street Kitchen FREE ENTRY. Organised by Trading for Development and The Midcounties Co-operative Society.

For more information about What’s On in Oxford During Fairtrade Fortnight 2012