Oxford Fair Trade Coalition Meeting at Oxford Hub Turl Street on Monday 26th March 6.30-8.00 pm

March 20, 2018

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Dear Oxford Fair Trade Coalition Members and friends,

How can you help ensure that the people who produce our food, clothes and more have a better chance of making a decent living? One way is by getting active with Oxford Fair Trade.

We’d love you to join us in organising events, promoting  Oxford’s wonderful fair trade businesses, getting your place of work/worship/study involved, spreading the word, raising funds, influencing decision makers and more.

To find out more and join the discussion, please do come along to our Steering Group meeting on Monday 26th March from 6.30-8.00 pm at Oxford Hub,16-17 Turl Street Oxford OX1 3DH (pictured).

The Turl Street Kitchen downstairs serves tea, coffee, wine etc (as well as food). The first drink is on us!

PLEASE REPLY TO THIS EMAIL TO CONFIRM YOU ARE PLANNING TO ATTEND. If we don’t hear from you we will assume you are not able to join us and if it seems we will not be quorate, we will reschedule the meeting.

New timings

Many of you have been unable to join meetings in the past because of their timing on Monday evenings. This year, to give everyone who wants to a chance to participate, every other meeting will be from 4.00-5.30 pm (see new dates below).

As this month’s meeting is an evening one, I will be organising a special consultation meeting during April for those who can only make day-times. We want to find out what would make OFTC work better for you, so that you can work better for fair trade.

New venue

Most of our meetings will now be held at Oxford Hub. But we’d also like to offer you the opportunity to host a meeting – and perhaps showcase your own fair trade work. Can you host our July 9th meeting?

We’re also exploring the possibility of enabling you to dial in – for example using Skype – if you can’t be there in person. We’ll confirm nearer the time.

New dates

The dates for the 2018 Steering Group Meetings are:
26th March (6.30-8.00 pm – Oxford Hub)
9th July (4.00-5.30 pm – TBC – would you like to host this meeting?)
1st October (6.30-8.00 pm – Oxford Hub)
10th December
(4.00-5.30 pm – Oxford Hub)

The next AGM will be in January 2019 – date and venue TBC

Agenda

  • Minutes – approve minutes of last meeting
  • Inclusiveness – what more can we do to make Oxford Fair Trade as welcoming as possible for all?
  • Action groups –  volunteers to take forward events, marketing, fundraising, advocacy etc.
  • Membership – discuss new membership model proposal which will be presented at the meeting
  • Income – your ideas for fundraising so that Oxford Fair Trade can do more and better
  • Events – your ideas for events in the coming year
  • AOB – Any Other Business… anything else you’d like to raise!

Looking forward to seeing you next Monday evening!

All the best
Sabita
Chair – Oxford Fair Trade Coalition
Email: chairoftc@gmail.com
Phone: 07773 949 787

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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
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/womens-voices-in-fair-trade-tickets-39006843519


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

February 17, 2018

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Jericho Fairtrade Christmas Sale 16 December 2017

December 5, 2017

16 Dec TFD sale


Good Food Oxford’s Annual Celebration 11th December 2017 / 7.30pm – 9.30pm

November 26, 2017

Good Food Oxford 11 Dec 2017 EventTo book click on link Booking form


Join us! Don’t Ditch Fairtrade demonstration Saturday 28th October 1pm – 1.30pm

October 25, 2017

JOIN THE OXFORD FAIR TRADE COALITION
What?    Don’t Ditch Fairtrade demonstration
Where?  Outside Sainsbury’s, opposite Town Hall, St. Aldate’s, Oxford
When?  1.00 – 1.30 pm Saturday 28 October 2017
Why?   Sainsbury’s is dropping Fairtrade certification in favour of its own in-house scheme.  They are starting with tea.  Other products are expected to follow.  Let’s protest.   Bring your own placards or banners


Oxford Fair Trade Coalition Event Wednesday 18th October 2017 – Finding a New Way Forward for Fairtrade

September 30, 2017

FINDING A NEW WAY FORWARD FOR FAIRTRADE – BUILDING A STRONGER MOVEMENT

Jamie Hartzell, Chair of the Divine Chocolate Company and Dr Matthew Anderson, University of Portsmouth, will debate the motion.

“While Fairtrade has achieved a fantastic amount for farmers and workers in the Global South in the last twenty years, it needs to be radically reformed if it is to achieve similar impact in the next twenty’, followed by break out into small groups to discuss possible ways forward for FT, followed by a vote on the motion! – might we promote it more widely?

Wednesday 18 October  .  7.000pm – 9.30pm
Simpkins Lee Lecture Theatre Lady Margaret Hall, Norham Gardens, Oxford OX2 6QA

Open to the Public.  Free entry

Recognition of, and support for, the Fairtrade mark remains high. But recent events would imply that the willingness of businesses to use the Fairtrade mark is declining. This is true for both the large multinational companies and the smaller, more dedicated Fair Trade businesses. And for some consumers, Fairtrade is seen as less pioneering than in the

Join us for a lively debate and to share your ideas on how to build a stronger Fairtrade Movement.