May 24, 2018
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
April 23, 2018
On the 5th anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory collapse, which killed 1,138 people and injured many more in 2013, “Fashion Revolution” encourage millions of people to ask brands #whomademyclothes and demand greater transparency in the fashion supply chain.
The more people who ask #whomademyclothes, the more brands will listen.
Use your voice and your power to change the fashion industry. Together we are stronger.
Please do join us at the events in Oxford listed below as we raise awareness about Fair Trade within the industry. Booking recommended for both film showings.
Film showing at Brookes visit Booking and information
For more information and resources (posters, templates of letters that you can send to your favorite brand, ideas and facts) or to put on your own event during Fashion Revolution week please click on this link Fashion Revolution
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
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
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
November 26, 2017
To book click on link Booking form
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.