One World Fair and Fair Trade Festival

September 4, 2018

The One World Fair returns to Oxford Town Hall on Saturday 3rd November 10-5… but this time it is also a Fair Trade Festival!

This year Oxford Oxfam Group is partnering with the Oxford Fair Trade Coalition and Oxford City Council in making the event bigger and better than ever, and with a renewed and deeper focus on Fair Trade, celebrating Oxford being awarded Fair Trade City status.

The main hall will be used for stalls as usual, and the Assembly Rooms will host an expanded cafe, fair trade stalls, other fair trade exhibits and live music. Please do get in touch at oxfordfairtrade@gmail.com if you’d like to put on a talk, activity or information stall in the Assembly Rooms. We request a suggested minimum donation of £10 on the day.

If you would like a stall to sell products in the Main Hall please register at https://goo.gl/forms/US6NsYXE7LoXEFy92
Prices start from £20 for non-profits and £30 for businesses.

Get in touch for more information.
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The First Fair Trade Tour of Palestine May 2018

July 26, 2018
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(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.


OFTC Notice – Privacy Policy

May 25, 2018

Purpose:  This policy explains when and why we collect personal information about people who subscribe to our mailing list, how we use it, the conditions under which we may disclose it to others and how we keep it secure.  We may change this policy from time to time so please check this page occasionally to ensure that you’re happy with any changes.

Scope:  This policy applies to anyone that contacts us via our website, by email or at an event.

Policy Statement:  The Oxford Fair Trade Coalition is committed to protecting and respecting your privacy and keeping any information we have about you secure.

Who are we?  We are The Oxford Fair Trade Coalition, an independent, not for profit organisation working in Oxford and the surrounding areas.

How do we collect information from you?  We obtain information about you when you contact us electronically or at an event, or if you register to receive our newsletter.

What type of information is collected from you?  The personal information we collect might include your name, address, any organisation you represent and an email address.

How is your information used?  We may use your information to:

  • send you communications which you have requested and that may be of interest to you. These may include information about events, campaigns, appeals, other activities.
  • seek your views or comments on the activities we provide;
  • notify you of changes to activities;

We review our retention periods for personal information on a regular basis. We are legally required to hold some types of information to fulfil our statutory obligations. We will hold your personal information on our systems for as long as is necessary for the relevant activity, or until you ask us not to.

Who has access to your information?  We use a third party electronic mail services provider to hold the data and we manage our agreement with them to ensure they process your data securely and appropriately.

Only the Chair of the Coalition and those members responsible for managing events and communications will have access to the system that we use to store your data.

We will not sell or rent your information to third parties

We will not share your information with third parties for marketing purposes.

Your choices:  You have a choice about whether or not you wish to receive information from us. If you do not want to receive communications from us about the work we do then you can

  • select your choices by ticking the relevant boxes on the form on which we collect your information.
  • Or email us at chairoftc@gmail.com
  • Or unsubscribe when you receive an electronic newsletter

How you can access and update your information:  The accuracy of your information is important to us. We’re working on ways to make it easier for you to review and correct the information that we hold about you. In the meantime, please email us at chairoftc@gmail.com if you would like to check or change any information we hold about you.  You have the right to ask for a copy of the information we hold about you.

16 or under: We are concerned to protect the privacy of children aged 16 or under. If you are aged 16 or under‚ please get your parent/guardian’s permission beforehand whenever you provide us with personal information.

With thanks from the Oxford Fair Trade Coalition


18 June 2018 – Consultation lunch meeting meeting for prospective, new and returning members

May 24, 2018

Consultation lunch meeting for prospective, new and returning members
Date: Monday 18th June
Time: 12.00-14.00
Venue: Common Ground 37-38 Little Clarendon St, Oxford OX1 2HU

Come along to hear what the Oxford Fair Trade Coalition can do for you, your fair trade business or organisation – and let us know what you would like from us. Find out how you can be part of the great fair trade debate and help to sustain the growing movement of treating trade as a way of benefiting everybody rather than just a few shareholders.

Whether you are a lapsed member or have never been part of OFTC before, we think you will be inspired and enthused by our new member offer. These include:

  • Opportunity to showcase your business or organisation at One World Fair on November 3rd – this year with a stronger emphasis on fair trade, with talks, fashion show, food stalls – promoted city-wide by Oxford City Council.
  • Quarterly meetings now alternate between evenings and daytime and are held mainly at the lively, inviting Oxford Hub above Turl Street Kitchen, where you will get your first drink free.
  • Being promoted by Oxford City Council and through OFTCs growing social media base – website, Facebook, Twitter etc and be part of joint publications promoting fair trade in Oxford
  • A chance to be part of the wider international debate on fair and ethical trade – for example by getting early alerts about our events, featuring high profile, expert speakers and being invited to make your voice heard in advocacy campaigns
  • Having a line of communication to Oxford City Council about the needs and concerns of fair trade businesses and organisations in the city
  • …and lots more!

We very much look forward to seeing you and hearing YOUR ideas about how Oxford Fair Trade can help you – and vice versa.

A light lunch will be provided.  Please RSVP chairoftc@gmail.com

Common Ground is a café and free social workspace with really great tea and coffee and a friendly warm welcome. It also has games, group meetings and classes, such as yoga.

All the best
Sabita
Chair OFTC
Email: chairoftc@gmail.com


Oxford Fair Trade Coalition Meeting at Oxford Hub Turl Street on Monday 26th March 6.30-8.00 pm

March 20, 2018

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Dear Oxford Fair Trade Coalition Members and friends,

How can you help ensure that the people who produce our food, clothes and more have a better chance of making a decent living? One way is by getting active with Oxford Fair Trade.

We’d love you to join us in organising events, promoting  Oxford’s wonderful fair trade businesses, getting your place of work/worship/study involved, spreading the word, raising funds, influencing decision makers and more.

To find out more and join the discussion, please do come along to our Steering Group meeting on Monday 26th March from 6.30-8.00 pm at Oxford Hub,16-17 Turl Street Oxford OX1 3DH (pictured).

The Turl Street Kitchen downstairs serves tea, coffee, wine etc (as well as food). The first drink is on us!

PLEASE REPLY TO THIS EMAIL TO CONFIRM YOU ARE PLANNING TO ATTEND. If we don’t hear from you we will assume you are not able to join us and if it seems we will not be quorate, we will reschedule the meeting.

New timings

Many of you have been unable to join meetings in the past because of their timing on Monday evenings. This year, to give everyone who wants to a chance to participate, every other meeting will be from 4.00-5.30 pm (see new dates below).

As this month’s meeting is an evening one, I will be organising a special consultation meeting during April for those who can only make day-times. We want to find out what would make OFTC work better for you, so that you can work better for fair trade.

New venue

Most of our meetings will now be held at Oxford Hub. But we’d also like to offer you the opportunity to host a meeting – and perhaps showcase your own fair trade work. Can you host our July 9th meeting?

We’re also exploring the possibility of enabling you to dial in – for example using Skype – if you can’t be there in person. We’ll confirm nearer the time.

New dates

The dates for the 2018 Steering Group Meetings are:
26th March (6.30-8.00 pm – Oxford Hub)
9th July (4.00-5.30 pm – TBC – would you like to host this meeting?)
1st October (6.30-8.00 pm – Oxford Hub)
10th December
(4.00-5.30 pm – Oxford Hub)

The next AGM will be in January 2019 – date and venue TBC

Agenda

  • Minutes – approve minutes of last meeting
  • Inclusiveness – what more can we do to make Oxford Fair Trade as welcoming as possible for all?
  • Action groups –  volunteers to take forward events, marketing, fundraising, advocacy etc.
  • Membership – discuss new membership model proposal which will be presented at the meeting
  • Income – your ideas for fundraising so that Oxford Fair Trade can do more and better
  • Events – your ideas for events in the coming year
  • AOB – Any Other Business… anything else you’d like to raise!

Looking forward to seeing you next Monday evening!

All the best
Sabita
Chair – Oxford Fair Trade Coalition
Email: chairoftc@gmail.com
Phone: 07773 949 787


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 chairoftc@gmail.com 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


EVENTS IN OXFORD FOR FAIRTRADE FORTNIGHT
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…