Add some Fairtrade flavour to Oxford’s Christmas light night

October 25, 2012

Photo: Margaret Stanks

Oxford City Council is delighted to be working in partnership with Ian Nolan Events and Oxford Inspires for this year’s Oxford Christmas Light Night Event being held on Friday 23rd November 2012.

Over 30,000 people are expected to attend the event over the night and we would love for you to be part of this fantastic event.

If you are interested, please visit the website and click on the stallholders tab for more information, the application form and Terms and Conditions,

The deadline for application is Friday 26th October, however as long as forms are completed in full, applications will be accepted until Friday 2nd November 2012.

Please contact Georgie Bradley directly on with your completed application or for further information. 

Ecuador gives its support to Fair Trade

October 20, 2012

OFTC member Judith Condor-Vidal, Director of Trading for Development is currently in Ecuador. She has just sent in this report.

In his opening speech to the ‘First International Conference on Fair Trade’ in Cuenca, Ecuador, the country’s foreign minister, Ricardo Patiño pledged the government’s support for promoting Fair Trade.  “We need to construct a new system of international trade” he said.  “This is a process that leads inexorably to the creation of a new society”.

The gathering in Cuenca brought together some 250 small-scale producers from across Ecuador, plus Fair Trade experts and practitioners from the UK, Canada, France, Belgium, Spain and Germany. Most of those present represented certified Fair Trade operations, producing a wide range of products, including coffee, cocoa, bananas and handicrafts.

The Ecuadorean government has gone further than most in Latin America in promoting Fair Trade.  Patiño underlined the importance of building state capacities in assisting what he called the”solidarity economy”, including Fair Trade producers.  A former finance minister, he also defended his government’s record in reducing poverty and inequality. He claimed that Ecuador “has every chance of eliminating poverty over the next 15 years”.

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JOB VACANCY: Fairtrade at St Michaels

October 19, 2012

Fairtrade at St Michaels are looking for a new assistant shop manager.

This independent fairtrade shop in central Oxford is looking to appoint a part-time Assistant Shop Manager from early January 2013.

We are looking for someone with a proven enthusiastic commitment to the principles and promotion of fair trade. The Assistant Manager will be responsible, on days worked, for organising and overseeing the smooth running of the shop, and for working with volunteers to maximise sales and deliver a high level of customer satisfaction.

Average hours per week: 19

Normal days of work: Tuesdays, Thursdays and alternate Saturdays

For a full job description and application form, please call in at the shop or email the secretary at fair-trade (heading your email ‘assistant manager post’)

Closing date for applications: Friday 16th November

St Michael at the North Gate, Cornmarket Street, Oxford OX1 3EY
01865 722505

Fairtrade Foundation’s response to traceability debate

October 10, 2012

On Thursday 13 September, the Fairtrade Foundation took part in a Radio 4 You & Yours programme discussing the traceability of cocoa in Fairtrade chocolate.  On Wednesday 10th October, BBC Watchdog also ran a brief piece on this issue featuring an interview with Barbara Crowther.

If you are concerned about any of the issues raised in the programmes, you can read the Fairtrade Foundation’s response here:

Fairtrade International has also produced this Factsheet on traceability.

Check the Fairtrade Foundation’s  website tomorrow (11th October) for a response to the Watchdog programme .

Volunteer with Fair Trade at St Michaels

October 10, 2012

Would you like to do something really useful this Christmas?

Fairtrade at St Michael’s, the fair trade shop in central, is looking for volunteers, for half a day per week, or per fortnight, especially in the busy run-up to Christmas.

To find out more, look at fair-trade and ask for Julie.

Notice for volunteers.docx