Events Fairtrade Fortnight 2018

February 26, 2018

As we begin Fairtrade Fortnight 2018, I’m delighted to take over the role of OFTC Chair from Carol Wills, who will continue to contribute her wisdom and long experience in fair trade as a member of the steering group. At the end of January, we had a wonderful AGM, graced by Safia Minney of the ethical clothing and shoe companies People Tree and Po-Zu. Safia informed and inspired the almost 100-strong audience with her refreshing brand of corporate leadership, demonstrating that it is possible to resolutely put ethics and the environment first and still be commercially successful.

The following week we held a Strategy Meeting at which we welcomed members old and new to discuss the direction we want to take OFTC in light of the new challenges and opportunities for fair trade. New challenges in the shape of a more crowded and confusing space for ethical shopping, and new opportunities in the form of a more conscious, more connected up and coming generation.

We agreed that we want to leverage Oxford’s global reach to spread the word on fair trade far and wide, that we want to support Oxford City Council to truly own and take pride in its Fairtrade status, and that we want to help drive the wider debate on the direction of fair trade. We agreed we needed further discussion on whether or not to widen the scope of the Coalition beyond Fairtrade to embrace other approaches to ethical trade. We also agreed to refresh our relationship with past members and rekindle the sense of being a coalition of fair trade businesses and organisations working together to keep driving fair trade forward so that we get ever closer to fair trade being the norm rather than a niche.

We warmly invite like-minded Oxford organisations to join the coalition for mutual support and promotion, and also invite the people of Oxford to join our events, buy fair trade products from our shops and be part of the global call to make all shopping fair and ensure that the women and men who grow, make and transport our purchases can feed and clothe their own families.  The Fairtrade Fortnight events below are just the start!

Sabita Banerji
(Chair Oxford Fair Trade Coalition)
Email for more information on becoming a member of the Coalition or to join our mailing list.

Putting on your own event?  For online resources please visit Fairtrade Foundation

Please check the event links for updates

Oxford Botanic Gardens
26 Feb to 11 March
Discover the plants that produce Fairtrade products at Oxford Botanic Gardens. Find out more …

Meet a Chilean Producer
27th Feb 12-13.30 (Lord Mayor’s Parlour, Oxford City Council, St Aldates)
Meet wine producer Maria Pacheco and the Lord Mayor. A bring-your-own lunch in Walton Street immediately after. Find out more…

Can a career in Fair Trade make a difference?
28th Feb 6-8 pm (Turl Street Kitchen)
Hear from two lifelong social entrepreneurs and campaigners.  Find out more…

Talk by Feng Ho  (Award winning ethical fashion designer)
1st March, 7.30pm (The Barns Cafe, Abingdon)
Talk by Feng Ho, ethical fashion designer, with Fairtrade wine, LemonAid & ChariTea. Find out more….

Embroidery Workshop
3rd March 3-5.30 PM (Jericho community centre)
Workshop teaching how to decorate clothing with Kantha embroidery – a traditional South Asian stitch used by Fair Trade producers in India and Bangladesh. Find out more…

Women’s Voices in Fairtrade
6th Mar 7-9pm (Christ Church College, The Undercroft Bar)
Film and discussion – what influences women to take action and have a lasting impact in the fair trade movement?  Find out more and reserve a place here…

Lunch and Learn event
8th Mar 12.00-13.30 (Oxford Brookes JHB201)
Free Fairtrade lunch & learn event looking into the lives of Fairtrade workers with coffee grower Ketra from Uganda and Brookes graduate Andy of Visible Clothing. Find out more …

Meet a Ugandan coffee producer
8th March 5.30pm (Examination Schools, High Street)
Meet Ketra Kyosiimire, a Fairtrade coffee producer from Uganda. Find out more….

Talk on ‘Raising our Fairtrade Game’  (CANCELLED)
Mar 9th 7pm (Quaker Meeting House)
Sabita Banerji ethical trade campaigner and occasional Quaker attender, will talk at Friday with Friends. Find out more…

Headington Fair Trade shop
3rd & 10th Mar
Free coffee and cake in the shop.  Find out more…

Fairtrade St Michaels
10th March 11-1
Free teas & coffees, and a photo booth for Fairtrade selfies! Plus a chance to win a Fairtrade hamper.  Find out more…

Oxford Fair Trade Coalition – Womens Voices in Fair Trade

February 19, 2018

Exploring gender and fair trade  – What influences women to take action and have a lasting impact?
A short documentary will be followed by a panel discussion

Tuesday 6 March 2018
7pm – 9pm

Christ Church College
The Undercroft Bar
St Aldates .  Oxford  . OX1 1DP
Free event

An evening exploring gender, fair trade and the ‘tipping point’ – what influences women to take action and have a lasting impact in the fair trade movement.

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Gender and Fair Trade: The Story of Women Cocoa Farmers in Fair Trade
This short film produced by Dr Roy Maconachie from Bath University at the Centre for Development Studies (CDS) highlights the impacts of Fairtrade for female cocoa-producers in Ghana and illustrates the significant challenges which remain in promoting greater gender equality in agriculture.

Kwame Banson, Member and Partnership Manager of Fairtrade Africa who is featured in the film, adds: “One of the recurring, important themes in Fairtrade when we try to measure impact is to look at the issue of gender to ensure that women and men get equality in responsibilities and in the sharing of benefits.”

Evening Panel will include: Jamie Hartzell, currently chair of the leading Fairtrade chocolate company Divine, which is 44% owned by Kuapa Kokoo, a Ghanaian cocoa farmers co-operative. Rachel Wilshaw, the Ethical Trade Manager for Oxfam GB. Her role involves advocacy and advice to companies on best practice in relation to labour rights in global supply chains.  David Finlay Programme Partnerships Manager at the Fairtrade Foundation where he works in partnership with international Fairtrade networks.  The discussion will be chaired by Oxford Fair Trade Coalition Chair, Sabita Banerji.

Free Event 
Light refreshments sponsored by Lady Margaret Hall and Christ Church College (Fair Trade Colleges and Members of the Oxford Fair Trade Coalition).  Special thanks to our venue sponsor Christ Church College.

Please do come along on the night.  You can also register

Fairtrade Sale 3rd March Jericho Community Centre 3pm – 5.30pm

February 17, 2018

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Monday 9th Feb Oxford Town Hall 6pm – Help shape the Oxford Fairtrade Coalition strategy

February 4, 2018

Come and help shape Oxford Fair Trade Coalition’s strategy for 2018. Sabita Banerji will present our plans for the year. We would love to hear your thoughts, and if you have time, to get you involved!

OFTC was set up as a coalition of organisations promoting fair trade, and securing Oxford’s status as a Fairtrade City. The founding volunteers have maintained a steady programme of talks, exhibitions, campaigns and fashion shows etc to raise awareness of fair trade in Oxford.

But the world has changed since the early days. The initial ‘honeymoon period’ of the Fairtrade movement has started to fade. This is now a crowded market – other certification schemes purport to offer the same guarantees but with less stringent checks and at a lower price. And rapid developments in communications and data technology are opening up other opportunities for achieving Fairtrade’s original objectives.

At the same time consumers – or citizens as we prefer to call them – are more concerned about unethical trading practices than ever before. Large companies are now taking their ethical trade responsibilities more seriously, and there has been an upsurge of local, sustainable producers who do not formally come under the remit of Fairtrade but who share its ethos.

In this new more aware, and more crowded fair trade environment, the Oxford Fair Trade Coalition faces many challenges, but also new opportunities to put down deeper roots, reach out further and aim higher.

Fair Trade is more relevent than ever, and there is still so much to do!

So join us on the 5th February and help make it happen!

You can just turn up or register your interest here