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.