Join our Fairtrade Tea & Biscuits supporting World day for Eradication of Leprosy. Plus Documentary & Sale of Fairtrade Products. 26th January 3.30pm – 5pmJanuary 21, 2019
The One World Fair returns to Oxford Town Hall on Saturday 3rd November 10-5… but this time it is also a Fair Trade Festival!
This year Oxford Oxfam Group is partnering with the Oxford Fair Trade Coalition and Oxford City Council in making the event bigger and better than ever, and with a renewed and deeper focus on Fair Trade, celebrating Oxford being awarded Fair Trade City status.
The main hall will be used for stalls as usual, and the Assembly Rooms will host an expanded cafe, fair trade stalls, other fair trade exhibits and live music. Please do get in touch at email@example.com if you’d like to put on a talk, activity or information stall in the Assembly Rooms. We request a suggested minimum donation of £10 on the day.
If you would like a stall to sell products in the Main Hall please register at https://goo.gl/forms/US6NsYXE7LoXEFy92
Prices start from £20 for non-profits and £30 for businesses.
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Consultation lunch meeting for prospective, new and returning members
Date: Monday 18th June
Venue: Common Ground 37-38 Little Clarendon St, Oxford OX1 2HU
Come along to hear what the Oxford Fair Trade Coalition can do for you, your fair trade business or organisation – and let us know what you would like from us. Find out how you can be part of the great fair trade debate and help to sustain the growing movement of treating trade as a way of benefiting everybody rather than just a few shareholders.
Whether you are a lapsed member or have never been part of OFTC before, we think you will be inspired and enthused by our new member offer. These include:
- Opportunity to showcase your business or organisation at One World Fair on November 3rd – this year with a stronger emphasis on fair trade, with talks, fashion show, food stalls – promoted city-wide by Oxford City Council.
- Quarterly meetings now alternate between evenings and daytime and are held mainly at the lively, inviting Oxford Hub above Turl Street Kitchen, where you will get your first drink free.
- Being promoted by Oxford City Council and through OFTCs growing social media base – website, Facebook, Twitter etc and be part of joint publications promoting fair trade in Oxford
- A chance to be part of the wider international debate on fair and ethical trade – for example by getting early alerts about our events, featuring high profile, expert speakers and being invited to make your voice heard in advocacy campaigns
- Having a line of communication to Oxford City Council about the needs and concerns of fair trade businesses and organisations in the city
- …and lots more!
We very much look forward to seeing you and hearing YOUR ideas about how Oxford Fair Trade can help you – and vice versa.
A light lunch will be provided. Please RSVP firstname.lastname@example.org
Common Ground is a café and free social workspace with really great tea and coffee and a friendly warm welcome. It also has games, group meetings and classes, such as yoga.
All the best
Fashion Revolution! Lord Mayor Cllr. Jean Fooks invites the city of Oxford to ask “Who made my clothes?” 26 April 6pm Oxford Town Hall – All invitedApril 25, 2018
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
- 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
Chair – Oxford Fair Trade Coalition
Phone: 07773 949 787
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
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.
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.
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
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
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