Fairtrade Press Coverage in Oxford

October 3, 2008

2004

AMT Goes Fairtrade
The Oxford Mail report how the coffee chain set up by three students from Oxford Brookes has switched to 100% Fairtrade coffee – including it’s branches at Oxford Railway station.

2005

County Hall Switches to Fairtrade
The Oxford Mail report on how County Hall is following the lead of Oxford City Council by using Fairtrade Tea and Coffee in all meetings.

2006

Ethnical Fashion event for Fairtrade Fortnight
The Ethnical Fashion Forum event for World Fair Trade Day in the Vaults and Garden’s gets coverage in the Oxford Mail. A follow up article profiled Oxford as a centre of Fair Trade Fashion.

Fairtrade Fare for Christmas
The Oxford Mail featured details of a Fairtrade Fare taking place in Jericho, as well as mentioning Fairtrade in their article on the annual Green Fair.

Fairtrade at Children’s Food Fair
Fairtrade products got a clear mention in many of the Oxford Mail’s articles about the first ever Oxford Children’s Food Fair.

2007

Fairtrade Food Photos Exhibition at Oxford school
An exhibition by Oxford Community School of photos showing celebrities modelling Fairtrade Foods gains coverage in the Oxford Mail.

Monkey Business for Fairtrade Fortnight
A few column inches are given over to publicity stunt by staff at the Co-op in Headington for Fairtrade Fortnight and other Fairtrade Events are featured in the diary of the Bicester Advertiser.

IFAT Flag comes to Oxford
The Oxford Mail feature news of the IFAT flag arriving in Oxford after traveling around 50 countries.

Oxford Teenagers Promote Fairtrade Fashion
Coverage of the Fairtrade element of a young enterprise project makes it into a story in the Oxford Mail.

Fair Harvest
A Fairtrade themed harvest service in Headington is promoted in the Oxford Times.

Students on Ethnical Adventure
The Oxford Mail profiles students involved in a Channel 4 project which takes them to India to find out about ethical trade.

One World Fair
The 2007 One World Fair is promoted in the Oxford Mail.

Local Fairtrade Business Profiled
Kerry Li’s ground breaking Fair Trade project working with Chinese producers is profiled with an in depth article in the Oxford Times.

2008

Fairtrade Wine Club
The Oxford Times wine club feature Fairtrade Wines as part of a series on New Years Resolutions.

No Fairtrade Easter Eggs?
A reader of the Oxford Mail points out the lack of Fairtrade Chocolate at Easter and highlights the idea of opting for Fairtrade at Easter.

Fairtrade Fortnight 2008
The Oxford Mail discuss upcoming national events for Fairtrade Fortnight.

Fairtrade Fortnight: Brazil Nut Focus
The Oxford Mail focus on the wide range of products available during Fairtrade Fortnight and beyond – with an in-depth discussion of Brazil Nut producers.

Fairtrade or Food Miles
The Oxford Times include a discussion piece on Fairtrade and Food Miles with contributions from Oxfam.

Fortnight a Great Success
The Oxford Times publish a readers account of the events during Fairtrade Fortnight 2008 – including key statistics about the Fairtrade market and where shoppers can get new own-brand Fairtrade ranges.

Fairtrade Bannana Cake Recipe
The Oxford Times feature a Fairtrade Bannana Cake receipe.

Towards a Fairtrade Diocese
The Oxford Times cover moves to make OXford a Fairtrade Diocese with an in-depth article.

Cheney School bid for Fairtrade Status
Cheney School’s bid for Fairtrade Status is covered in this Oxford Times article on it’s new specialist school status.

Student Designed Fairtrade Bags on Sale
The Witney Gazette feature news of Fair Trade Bags, designed by a college student from Oxford on sale in Oxford (and in London’s Top Shop)


Student Press

2004

Coverage of the Oxford Union Free Trade vs Fair Trade Debate

Tug of War for Fairtrade
Student campaigners stage an unfair Tug of War on Broad Street.

2008
Hertford becomes a Fairtrade College (Feb 2008)
Oxford University’s support for ethical trade gained ground this week after Hertford announced that it had officially become a Fairtrade College. It is the third Oxford college to be given Fairtrade status from the Fairtrade Foundation, after Linacre and Wadham.

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Fashionably Fair

May 5, 2008

The Fashionably Fair group have organised a series of events – including a conversation in association with the Hub on the 6th February 2008 and hosting Fairtrade Fashion Shows on the 5th and 10th May 2008.

You can find out more at http://fasionablyfair.wordpress.com

The Oxford Student ran an article on Fairtrade and Ethical Fashion in response to the events


Fairtrade Fortnight 2006

March 1, 2006

Fairtrade Fortnight 2006 saw the Oxford Fairtrade Coalition co-ordinating events right across the City and Universities – taking the Fairtrade Message into new spaces and with more interactive events and activities.

Publicity for the Fortnight was included in a special pull-out section of the Oxford Mail and this flyer was widely circulated.

Specific events taking place during the week included:

Sun 5th

11:15am – Blackfriars (64 St. Giles)

A special 20th anniversary Mass to celebrate the link between the cities of Oxford and Leon Nicaragua. Passionate words, lively tunes and complex rhythms reflect the richness of the Nicaraguan folk tradition. Conducted by Gill Petrokofsky. Including an exhibition of Fairly Traded goods from Nicaragua in the Aula. Join Oxford Leon Link for aperitivo and Fairtrade wine.

Mon 6th

4pm-5.30pm – McKeena Room, Christ Church College. Entrance: £3

Tue 7th

A selection of Contemporary Women writers

5-6pm – Starbucks Coffee Shop in Borders Bookstore, 9 Magdelen St

The Oxford Latin American Society (OULAS) presents a selection of contemporary poetry and novels written by women from across the region. Free Fairtrade coffee will complement this very special and informal evening.

Wed 8th

6:30pm – Starbucks Coffee shop in Borders Bookstore, 9 Magdalen Street

A talk exploring principals of fairness and justice within the Coffee Trade – focussing on the Fairtrade system and Starbucks’ Café Practices’ programme. Find out how far these initiatives have the potential to empower small producers, women and workers and to advancpe broader objectives of rural development and poverty reduction.

8 – 11pm – Vaults and Gardens, Radcliffe Square

Music from three fantastic acoustic bands. Fairtrade punch and organic Ales on sale. Free Fairtrade samples. Tickets £2 in advance from Nicolas Edwards, Oriel College or on the door.

We’ve yet to Make Poverty History – so where next?

7:30pm – Council Chamber, Oxford Town Hall

The Make Poverty History campaign prompted an unprecedented public response, with hundreds of thousands taking action. Hear Kofi Mawuli-Klu from African Liberation Support Campaign Network, writer and environmentalist Paul Kingsnorth, and Marlene Barrett from World Development Movement discuss where campaigning should go next…

Thu 9th

Exploring Starbucks Commitment to Coffee Purchasing
6:30pm – Starbucks Coffee shop in Borders Bookstore, 9 Magdalen Street

Explore the diversity of coffee through a range of exciting tastings. Learn how the Fairtrade coffee you can ask for at Starbucks support family economies in Ethiopia.

Sat 11th

Get Creative With Cotton

10-1pm, Cornmarket, outside Fair Trade @ St Michaels.

The Oxford Oxfam Group invite you to get creative (and not too messy!) helping to paint our Fair Trade Cotton banner. Information about Fair Trade, especially Fair Trade cotton, will also be available

Jericho Breakfast

10-1pm – Jericho Community Centre, 33A Canal Street

Join us for breakfast and lunch and receive a free samples of Fairtrade tea and coffee

Tue 14th

Fairtrade Grower Talk

12pm-1pm Oxford Brookes Main Lecture Theatre, Gipsy Land Campus

Come and hear a producer of Fairtrade products talk about the real difference that Fairtrade makes to communities across the world. Organised by Oxford Brookes Fairtrade Group with Peros and Café Direct.

Sat 18th

Fairtrade Coffee Morning for Peru Support Group

0am – 12pm – Deakin Room, St Antony’s College – www.perusupportgroup.org.uk

Jericho Breakfast

10-1pm – Jericho Community Centre, 33A Canal Street

And throughout the week a wide range of exhibitions, fairtrade tastings and special offers were available…

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Fairtrade Fortnight 2005

March 1, 2005

Over 20 events took place across Oxford during Fairtrade Fortnight 2005, and the Fairtrade City Coalition were highly commended in the Fairtrade Foundation awards for their actions handing out over 1000 maps of Fairtrade suppliers in the city center to shoppers coming into town on Oxford’s Park & Ride bus services.

You can download the full programme of events that took place in this flyer.

The programme included:

  • A Nicaragua day with Salsa dancing and food tastings
  • Events at the Oxford Botanical Gardens
  • A Fairtrade Market in Gloucester Green
  • Free fairtrade tastings at fairtrade@stmichaels
  • Seminars and talks including a talk on Campesino Craft Women in rural Paraguay
  • An ethical fashion show
  • Dinner and talk with a Fairtrade producer
  • Displays of fairly traded knitted products
    and
  • A Civic Service celebrating Fairtrade in Oxford City.


Fair Trade Futures Conference 2004

November 20, 2004

Held on the 20th November 2004 the Fair Trade Futures Conference took place at the Said Business School.

‘Fair Trade Futures: Growth or Consolidation?’

Organised by the OXFORD FAIR TRADE COALITION AND THE SKOLL CENTRE FOR SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP

The issues to be covered in the seminar include:

  • A guide to fairtrade, the growth of the mark and links to Trade Justice Fairtrade Case Studies
  • How to Run a Fairtrade Campaign
  • An in-depth look at fairtrade and trade justice
  • Running a fairtrade campaign
  • Good answers to bad excuses
  • Communicating fairtrade issues within a university / college
  • Working with suppliers to achieve Fairtrade status.

Here is what the Skoll Centre had to say about the event:

The premise for this major one-day event, entitled “Fair Trade Futures: Growth or Consolidation?” was that Fair Trade now finds itself at a tipping point; as the fastest growing consumer movement in the world, it is uniquely placed to offer direct help to disempowered producers on a significant scale; yet a range of financial limitations, governance issues and structural problems could constrain its growth.

The Conference, which was organised by the Oxford Fair Trade Coalition and the Saïd Business School ‘s Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship, was attended by over 200 delegates, including producers from the South, Fair Trade buyers and retailers, corporate managers, policy makers, economists, academics, activists, and students. High-profile speakers included Penny Newman, CEO of Cafédirect, Paul Chandler, Chief Executive of Traidcraft, and Safia Minney, founder of the successful fair trade fashion label People Tree. Meanwhile the voices of local producers were represented by delegates such as Renwick Rose of the Windward Islands Farmers’ Association and Jimmy Navarro of Café Progresso in Honduras . NGOs represented included Oxfam, Christian Aid and Tear Fund.

The discussions that took place during the day addressed the major challenges now facing the Fair Trade industry, including: How can Fair Trade scale up to meet demand globally? What mechanisms are there to protect the integrity of Fair Trade? What role do multinational corporations have to play? How should be the governance of Fair Trade develop? Can Fair Trade change the terms of international trade or will it remain simply as an ‘ethical’ alternative? Which futures for Fair Trade will generate the most impact for producers? Should the strategy be the continued quest for fast growth or a policy of consolidation and reflection? And what other futures can be imagined for Fair Trade?

Progress was noted in a number of areas: no longer confined to alternative trading outlets such as charity shops, Fair Trade products now sit on the shelves of many major supermarkets and are beginning to build important market share in particular commodities, most noticeably coffee; furthermore, Fair Trade is growing beyond its first markets in Europe to develop a presence in Japan, Canada, Australia, and the US. Penny Newman of Cafédirect pointed out that the company’s successful share issue in 2004 would have inconceivable in the 1980s; while Safia Minney founder of People Tree has proved that it is possible for Fair Trade products to compete in the cut-throat fashion industry.

However, delegates were not complacent. Peter Freeman of Shared Interest and Whitni Thomas of the New Economics Foundation talked about an important practical constraint on the growth of Fair Trade; the lack of fair finance for enterprises both in the North and the South. Delegates discussed the need for reliable certification of products now that commercial companies, whose motivation is not social development, have entered the Fair Trade arena. A debate was held on what constitutes Fair Trade in the context of larger scale plantation agriculture, and factory production in urban areas; and some delegates suggested that the views of Southern producers needed to be sought and heard more than they are at present.

The Co-op supermarket chain has demonstrated its commitment to Fair Trade by developing over 60 own brands and educating consumers; but delegates were concerned that some other supermarkets may be using a token range of Fair Trade products as ‘window-dressing’ to draw attention away from the fact that they are generally using their buying power to drive down prices and impose unfair conditions on suppliers. Commercial companies may be prepared to meet minimum standards ‘to do no harm’, they suggested, but would any multinational really commit to Fair Trade?

Perhaps the hardest question facing delegates was whether Fair Trade would remain an idealistic model, or whether it could help to change the values and practices of the global trading system in a far more profound way. Could Fair Trade really hope to alter the structures and rules of international trade to create a more even playing field? Fair Trade pioneer Michael Barratt Brown of TWIN reflected; “Influencing governments is probably the most important thing we can do.”

This leaflet explaining the coalition was handed out at the event


Fairtrade City Launched

March 5, 2004

Oxford City’s Fairtrade Status was launched at a event in Oxford Town Hall on the 5th March 2004. The event, reported here on IndyMedia, included The Lord Mayor and speakers from the International Federation for Alternative Trade, Kuapa Kokoo Cocoa Cooperative (Ghana), and Oxford Brookes – the countries first Fairtrade University.

Fairtrade City Launched

Fairtrade City Launched

At the time this report was written for the Fairtrade Coalition website:

Town Hall guests fell silent on Friday March 5th 2004 as a personal message from Nelson Mandela congratulating Oxford on its launch as a Fairtrade City was read out by the Lord Mayor Cllr Pat Stannard.

Mr Mandela, who was given the freedom of the city on behalf of all South Africans in 1997, stated, “I again rejoice and congratulate you on your continuing work to promote social justice and development in our world. Fair trade offers producers in developing countries a just return for their labour and an opportunity to help their communities to grow and develop with the proceeds they receive.”

“By supporting Fairtrade, Oxford is affirming once more its commitment to partnership and friendship with people in South Africa and around the world. In a world where much trade is not fair, such partnerships and friendships offer hope for the future. Together, we are taking steps towards building a more just world economy.”

Strong applause met his final words:
“This is an important step forward. We must continue on this path, to build real opportunities and freedom for us all.” Minutes later, a samba band filled the Town Hall with music to celebrate the launch.

Speakers at the Oxford reception were:

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Carol Wills, Executive Director of the International Fair Trade Association;

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Cllr. Pat Stannard,

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Lord Mayor of the City of Oxford;

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Rex Knight, deputy vice-chancellor of Oxford Brookes;

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Georgina Kwaw and Elizabeth Adjei, recorders from the Kuapa Kokoo cocoa cooperative in Ghana.

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Roy Scott, owner of the One Village fair-trade stores, presented a certificate from the Fairtrade Foundation to the Lord Mayor.

Guests at the reception included:

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Mr. Carlos Betancour, charge d’affaires for Uruguay, Mr.

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Hugo Brunner, the Lord Lieutenant of Oxfordshire;

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Mr. Gustavo Meza-Cuadra, charge d’affaires for Peru;

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Dr. Evan Harris, MP for Oxford West and Abingdon;

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Ian Leggett, director of the campaigning organisation People and Planet;

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Roy Scott, founder of One Village;

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Kate Sebag, co-founder of Tropical Wholefoods, a Fairtrade food company;

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Rt.Hon. Andrew Smith, MP for Oxford East;

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Sophi Tranchell, managing director of Divine Chocolate Company.