Events Fairtrade Fortnight 2018

February 26, 2018

As we begin Fairtrade Fortnight 2018, I’m delighted to take over the role of OFTC Chair from Carol Wills, who will continue to contribute her wisdom and long experience in fair trade as a member of the steering group. At the end of January, we had a wonderful AGM, graced by Safia Minney of the ethical clothing and shoe companies People Tree and Po-Zu. Safia informed and inspired the almost 100-strong audience with her refreshing brand of corporate leadership, demonstrating that it is possible to resolutely put ethics and the environment first and still be commercially successful.

The following week we held a Strategy Meeting at which we welcomed members old and new to discuss the direction we want to take OFTC in light of the new challenges and opportunities for fair trade. New challenges in the shape of a more crowded and confusing space for ethical shopping, and new opportunities in the form of a more conscious, more connected up and coming generation.

We agreed that we want to leverage Oxford’s global reach to spread the word on fair trade far and wide, that we want to support Oxford City Council to truly own and take pride in its Fairtrade status, and that we want to help drive the wider debate on the direction of fair trade. We agreed we needed further discussion on whether or not to widen the scope of the Coalition beyond Fairtrade to embrace other approaches to ethical trade. We also agreed to refresh our relationship with past members and rekindle the sense of being a coalition of fair trade businesses and organisations working together to keep driving fair trade forward so that we get ever closer to fair trade being the norm rather than a niche.

We warmly invite like-minded Oxford organisations to join the coalition for mutual support and promotion, and also invite the people of Oxford to join our events, buy fair trade products from our shops and be part of the global call to make all shopping fair and ensure that the women and men who grow, make and transport our purchases can feed and clothe their own families.  The Fairtrade Fortnight events below are just the start!

Sabita Banerji
(Chair Oxford Fair Trade Coalition)
Email for more information on becoming a member of the Coalition or to join our mailing list.

Putting on your own event?  For online resources please visit Fairtrade Foundation

Please check the event links for updates

Oxford Botanic Gardens
26 Feb to 11 March
Discover the plants that produce Fairtrade products at Oxford Botanic Gardens. Find out more …

Meet a Chilean Producer
27th Feb 12-13.30 (Lord Mayor’s Parlour, Oxford City Council, St Aldates)
Meet wine producer Maria Pacheco and the Lord Mayor. A bring-your-own lunch in Walton Street immediately after. Find out more…

Can a career in Fair Trade make a difference?
28th Feb 6-8 pm (Turl Street Kitchen)
Hear from two lifelong social entrepreneurs and campaigners.  Find out more…

Talk by Feng Ho  (Award winning ethical fashion designer)
1st March, 7.30pm (The Barns Cafe, Abingdon)
Talk by Feng Ho, ethical fashion designer, with Fairtrade wine, LemonAid & ChariTea. Find out more….

Embroidery Workshop
3rd March 3-5.30 PM (Jericho community centre)
Workshop teaching how to decorate clothing with Kantha embroidery – a traditional South Asian stitch used by Fair Trade producers in India and Bangladesh. Find out more…

Women’s Voices in Fairtrade
6th Mar 7-9pm (Christ Church College, The Undercroft Bar)
Film and discussion – what influences women to take action and have a lasting impact in the fair trade movement?  Find out more and reserve a place here…

Lunch and Learn event
8th Mar 12.00-13.30 (Oxford Brookes JHB201)
Free Fairtrade lunch & learn event looking into the lives of Fairtrade workers with coffee grower Ketra from Uganda and Brookes graduate Andy of Visible Clothing. Find out more …

Meet a Ugandan coffee producer
8th March 5.30pm (Examination Schools, High Street)
Meet Ketra Kyosiimire, a Fairtrade coffee producer from Uganda. Find out more….

Talk on ‘Raising our Fairtrade Game’  (CANCELLED)
Mar 9th 7pm (Quaker Meeting House)
Sabita Banerji ethical trade campaigner and occasional Quaker attender, will talk at Friday with Friends. Find out more…

Headington Fair Trade shop
3rd & 10th Mar
Free coffee and cake in the shop.  Find out more…

Fairtrade St Michaels
10th March 11-1
Free teas & coffees, and a photo booth for Fairtrade selfies! Plus a chance to win a Fairtrade hamper.  Find out more…


Jericho Fairtrade Christmas Sale 16 December 2017

December 5, 2017

16 Dec TFD sale

OFTC Meeting 11 December 2017

December 5, 2017

11 Dec meeting 2017


Good Food Oxford’s Annual Celebration 11th December 2017 / 7.30pm – 9.30pm

November 26, 2017

Good Food Oxford 11 Dec 2017 EventTo book click on link Booking form


Join us! Don’t Ditch Fairtrade demonstration Saturday 28th October 1pm – 1.30pm

October 25, 2017

What?    Don’t Ditch Fairtrade demonstration
Where?  Outside Sainsbury’s, opposite Town Hall, St. Aldate’s, Oxford
When?  1.00 – 1.30 pm Saturday 28 October 2017
Why?   Sainsbury’s is dropping Fairtrade certification in favour of its own in-house scheme.  They are starting with tea.  Other products are expected to follow.  Let’s protest.   Bring your own placards or banners


Event 28th October & 1 November – Palestine in Oxford Mazin Qumsiyeh from Bethlehem

October 19, 2017
Palestine in Oxford  Mazin Qumsiyeh from Bethlehem
In association with UK Palestinian solidarity and support groups, who have organised local meetings, Oxford Ramallah Friendship Association (Registereed Charity 1155620) is pleased to have arranged and coordinated a UK tour by Professor Mazin Qumsiyeh in which he will speak about environmental protection and human rights in Palestine. Oxford Palestine Solidarity Campaign and Friends of Birzeit University have co-sponsored the Oxford public meetings and Palestine Unlocked have given financial support for this visit. 
Professor Mazin Qumsiyeh is Director of the Palestine Museum of Natural History and the Palestine Institute for Biodiversity and Sustainability – Bethlehem University.  He grew up in Beit Sahour, near Bethlehem. After many years in academia in the USA, he returned to Palestine in 2008. He currently teaches and conducts research at Bethlehem and Birzeit universities. Besides his academic work he is passionate about public education on ecology and the environment, and human rights. 
Amongst other meetings and visits, Professor Qumsiyeh will be speaking at a total of 11 public meetings including the London Middle East Institute (at SOAS) and Leeds University, meeting parliamentarians and meeting with key staff in both the London and Oxford Natural History Museums.  
In Oxford we are very pleased to have two public meetings which cover complementary aspects of Professor Mazin Qumsiyeh’s work and activism.  We hope you can come and hear Mazin’s informative and inspiring talks.
Saturday 28th October  4pm
Environmental justice and sustainability in Palestine: challenges and opportunities 
Venue: West Oxford Community Centre, Botley Road, OX2 0BT.   (Limited parking is available)
Environmental justice and sustainability in Palestine: challenges and opportunities followed by a social event from 6 pm with refreshments, Oxford PSC stall,  second hand book stall and copies of Mazin’s book:  Popular Resistance In Palestine A History of Hope and Empowerment by Mazin Qumsiyeh (Pluto Press) will also be on sale.
A collection will be made towards the Palestine Natural History Museum.
Organised by Oxford Ramallah Friendship Association and Oxford Palestine Solidarity Campaign.

Wednesday 1st November 7 pm
Oxford University – Sharing the Land of Canaan.   
At Investcorp Lecture Theatre, St Antony’s College, Woodstock Road, OX2 6JF
Organised by Oxford Ramallah Friendship Association and co-sponsored by Friends of Birzeit University (Fobzu). Chaired by Omar Shweiki of Fobzu.
Copies of Mazin’s book:   Popular Resistance In Palestine A History of Hope and Empowerment by Mazin Qumsiyeh (Pluto Press) will be for sale.
A collection will be made towards the Palestine Natural History Museum.



Macmillan Cancer Support Fair Trade Pop Up with Tea Coffee Cookies Saturday 23rd September 3pm – 5pm Jericho Community Centre

September 18, 2017