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


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

October 25, 2017

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


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.



Friday 1st September – Evening opening to celebrate Fairtrade Headingtons new look

August 29, 2017


World Fair Trade Day Picnic on Christ Church Meadow, 12 – 3pm on the 13 May

April 30, 2017