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


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

April 30, 2017

Nicaraguan Coffee Producer Talk in Oxford 9th March 2017

February 10, 2017
two           The Oxford Leon Link and the Oxford Fair Trade Coalition
invite you to attend
a talk by Santiago Dolmus, of Cecocafen cooperative in Nicaragua
on the impact of climate change on coffee farmers and the continuing importance of Fairtrade.   
The talk will be held at 
7.30pm on Thursday 9 March at Oxford Town Hall 
and will be in Spanish with English translation.
Cecocafen  (Central Association of Northern Coffee Cooperatives)  is an umbrella co-operative in the Matagalpa region of Nicaragua with 2,600 members organised into 12 community based credit and service co-operatives.
  In the UK their Fairtrade coffee is sold through Cafedirect

Real Change (and Real Pancakes!) with Fairtrade Gold Pioneer Greg Valerio

February 4, 2017



Fairtrade Foundation CEO Visiting Oxford 16th January 2017

December 3, 2016


The Future of Fairtrade: Is Small Still Beautiful?

The Oxford Fairtrade Coalition AGM Monday 16th January 2017 6pm – 8pm Long Room, Oxford Town Hall St. Aldates, OX1 4BX

Talk by Mike Gidney, CEO Fairtrade Foundation,  followed by an opportunity to ask questions

Join us for an interesting debate including the hot topics of market access for farmers and corporate own labels and our role, going forward, as Fairtrade towns, universities, schools and faith groups

The business of the meeting will take place from 6.00pm for a maximum of half an hour. Mike Gidney will speak at 6.30 for about half an hour on his vision of the future of Fairtrade and the role of FT towns, universities, colleges, schools and faith groups.  There will then be half an hour for questions and comments before sharing a glass of FT wine or juice together.

This is a time of considerable change for Fairtrade, so it will be interesting to have a chance to hear and ask questions about its future.


Untold Stories Film Night 22nd November

October 31, 2016



Oxford Celebrates World Fair Trade Day – Be an Agent For Change!

May 11, 2016

You are invited to join us this Saturday 14th May for Coffee, Tea, Inspiring Short Talks/Film followed by a Tour of the Town Hall by Lord Mayor Rae Humberstone

12pm – 1pm – Fair Trade Tea/Coffee/Snacks, short talks/film on Fair Trade and learn how to be an agent for change in Oxford.  Feel free to bring a sandwich along!

1.15pm – 2pm – Photo shoot and Tour of the Oxford Town Hall by the Lord Mayor of Oxford

Free event – all welcome, no booking required

Venue:  Oxford Town Hall, Barristers Room

Sponsored by Oxford City Council and Oxford Fair Trade Coalition

Find out more about World Fair Trade Day at