Register for a Fairtrade Regional Conference 2018

July 30, 2018

FT Conference 2018

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The First Fair Trade Tour of Palestine May 2018

July 26, 2018
(Picture: Delegates were invited to wear the traditional dress of Palestine)

By Carol Wills

In early May 2018, Elizabeth Laskar and I joined the first ever Fair Trade Tour of Palestine, culminating in the celebration of World Fair Trade Day at the University of Bethlehem Fair Trade Resource Centre on Saturday 12 May.

We saw how Fair Trade enterprises support Palestinian traditional culture, preserve traditional crafts and provide thousands of farmers and other producers, many of them women working from home,  with a much needed income and with hope that a better life is possible.

Our tour took place in the West Bank (also known as the Occupied Territories) where Palestinian Fair Trade producers live and work in extremely difficult circumstances under a military occupation that has gone on for over 50 years.  Alongside our Fair Trade visits we heard many heart breaking stories of people who had lost loved ones and suffered injustices. On top of this, the economic situation is harsh and unemployment is high.

Nevertheless, we were made hugely welcome wherever we went, drinking little cups of mint tea and very strong black coffee and eating enormous quantities of local couscous, hummus and tomato, cucumber and mint salad.  Our tour started at Canaan Fair Trade which produces the olive oil sold by Zaytoun and where we enjoyed an olive oil tasting before touring the impressive facility.  It is a cooperative of more than 2000 olive farmers.

At the Palestinian Agricultural Research Centre in Jericho, a member of the WFTO, we saw how grapes are dried to produce Fair Trade sultanas and raisins and met a group of women rolling couscous by hand.  The Women of Hebron Cooperative Association produces fine, traditional embroidery and backstrap loom woven wool carpets.  Most women work from home but come to the Centre with their work, to attend meetings, take part in decision-making and have the chance to gossip.   Men work at the Hebron glass and ceramic factory nearby, where Traidcraft places orders.

In Jerusalem we visited Sunbula Fair Trade, also a WFTO member, working to bring fresh designs and colour to traditional embroidery  and providing an income to several thousand women.  Sunbula means “spike of wheat” in Arabic (i.e. the flower that makes bread) and Sunbula’s mission is  to provide its producers with the gift of a more dignified life.

Finally we reached Bethlehem and the Holyland Handicraft Cooperative  Society where we saw some fine olive wood carving in their magnificent shop by the Field where the shepherds watched their flocks by night not far from the appalling wall where Banksy has his Walled Off Hotel.

On World Fair Trade Day we donned traditional Palestinian dress to celebrate at the University.

We came home convinced that if Palestinians are going to have any chance of a sustainable future at all, we must tell their stories and buy their products.

Zaytoun awarded Global Trader of the Year 2016

March 19, 2016


We offer our congratulations to Zaytoun, producer of delicious fairtrade products, which has been awarded Global Trader 2016 by Fairtrade International . Manal Ramadan stated: “Fairtrade has transformed the lives of over 2,500 olive farming families, guaranteeing them the sale of their entire crop at a fair price. Our challenge now is to grow the demand for the olive oil to enable thousands more families to join the movement and reap the benefits of this sustainable ethical trade model.” There is an article on the Fairtrade Foundation website with more information.

Local Oxford fair trade shops (Fairtrade at St.Michaels and The Windmill) sell a wide range of Zaytoun products including olive oil, dates, almonds cous cous, za’atar and smoked freekah.


Sad News About Elizabeth Whitwick

March 9, 2016
We are deeply saddened by the recent sudden death of our dear friend and passionate fair-trader Elizabeth Whitwick.  Elizabeth was always an active and inspirational part of the fair trade community and was one of the determined team which set-up The Windmill fair trade shop in Headington.  The great success of the shop is a testament to Elizabeth’s zest for life and the team she worked with.
Aswell as her commitment to The Windmill, Elizabeth was the Oxford Fairtrade Coalition Treasurer and we valued her commitment to our team.  She was warm, generous, dedicated and extremely hard-working in her pursuit of social justice and fairness.  We will miss her greatly and our thoughts are with her colleagues at The Windmill and her daughter.
Elizabeth’s funeral is taking place at Holy Trinity Church, Headington Quarry, Oxford at 2pm, Thursday 10th March 2016.  Bright colours requested.

New! Launch of Organisation Guarantee Label

February 17, 2016

The Official Launch of the World Fair Trade Organisation Guarantee Label took place on 13th February at the “Ambiente” Trade Fair in Frankfurt. 

“The WFTO Label – the first international label that guarantees Fair Trade Organisations operating in any part of the supply chain, from producers to retailers – has been unveiled. With this unique Fair Trade label, consumers will be able to identify products in the international marketplace that meet high economic, social and environmental sustainability criteria. Fair Trade Organisations are fully committed to sustainable production and trade.”

For more information go to

Visit your local fair trade shops to buy products from WFTO Organisation Guarantee artisans:

Fairtrade at St. Michaels

The Windmill


Oxford Fairtrade Fortnight 2012: Be There – Be Fair!

January 2, 2012

Find the latest plans on our Fairtrade Fortnight 2012 pages

Monday 27th February to Sunday 11th March 2012.

This year the Fairtrade Foundation is asking everyone to Take a Step for Fairtrade: “It can be a simple step like swapping your tea to Fairtrade, or a bigger step, like asking everyone in your office to do it too.” For more information, visit

Take your next step for Fairtrade in Oxford:

Oxford Fairtrade Fortnight 2012 Newspaper

Oxford Fairtrade Coalition is compiling a special edition Newspaper to celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight 2012. It will contain articles about Fairtrade issues, a two page pullout map – courtesy of Daily Info – showing where you can buy Fairtrade products in Oxford, and a calendar of all the thrilling Fairtrade events that are taking place during the Fortnight. These include film screenings, producer fairs,  discussions about the ethics and impact of Fairtrade, tasting sessions and lots more.  Look out for you copy of Oxford Fairtrade News which will be widely circulated in Oxford shops, churches, libraries and community centres  mid-February. Or contact for a copy or if you can offer to display it in your workplace or social venue.

In the meantime, here’s a list of all the places you can buy Fairtrade in Oxford:

Where to find Fairtrade in Oxford


For  the latest information on fair trade and Oxford’s Fairtrade Fortnight 2012 activities, quotes, photo opportunities etc, please contact Sabita Banerji at or call 07773949787.

Oxford to celebrate Fairtrade City recertification

January 28, 2009

The Fairtrade Foundation have been in touch and Oxford will be officially renewed as a Fairtrade City on the 23rd February 2009 – right at the start of Fairtrade Fortnight!

We put in our application just before Christmas, and earlier this week heard that the Fairtrade Foundation were delighted with our progress since first gaining Fairtrade City Status in 2004.

You can read what the Fairtrade Foundation had to say about our renewal here – and you can read the full application which we submitted here.

We will be celebrating with a special reception at Oxford Town Hall on the 23rd February, where Harriet Lamb from the Fairtrade Foundation will present us with our re-certification. If you’ve been involved in making Oxford a Fairtrade City, as a campaigner, a community group or a local business we would love you invite you along. Drop an e-mail to and we’ll get an invite winging it’s way to you

You can find out more about the Fairtrade Towns initiative here.