Fair Trade Events in Oxford in 2018

OFTC and Shared Interest stall at One World Fair

Please do contact us if you would like your Fair Trade event listed here. We look forward to hearing from you.

Details of OFTC Steering Group Meeting can be found here.

One World Fair and Fair Trade Festival – including:
A Programme of Talks and Tastings in the Assembly Rooms

Saturday 3rd November, 10:00 – 17:00, Town Hall St Aldates

Oxford Fair Trade Coalition joins forces with the Oxford Oxfam Group this year to turn the iconic One World Fair into a Fair Trade Festival as well. There’ll be the usual fabulous stalls in the main hall… and now there will also be Fair Trade stalls, activities, talks, games, exhibitions in the historic Assembly Rooms – along with delicious home-made food and live music.

  • 10 am – 10.20 am   Oxfam’s Behind the Barcodes campaign– how you can get involved in urging supermarkets to be fairer. Speaker to be confirmed.
  • 10.30 am – 10.50 am “What is Fair Trade?” Have you ever wondered what Fair Trade really is and why are there two spellings (Fair Trade and Fairtrade?) What does the logo mean? Is it a certification system, a way of doing business ethically – good for people and the planet – a philosophy or a mixture of all three?
    Presented by Carol Wills Honorary Member, WFTO. Carol was the Chief Executive of IFAT (now called the Word Fair Trade Organisation) and was the last Chair of the Oxford Fair Trade Coalition.
  • 11.00 am – 11.20 am “But what can we do?” Becoming Fairtrade for Colleges, Schools and other groups. This talk will run through the opportunities that being a Fairtrade organisation can bring you. With a focus on educational institutions we will look at what Fair Trade means, what the process might be and what the challenges are.
    Presented by Bart Ashton, Domestic Bursar Lady Margaret Hall, a College of University of Oxford.
  • 11.30 am – 11.50 am WFTO Fair Trade Tartan and Value added Mzuzu Coffee. With a focus on Fair Trade Tartan and Mzuzu coffee we look at the impact the WFTO Guaranteed Fair Trade product label has on Oxford University. (Pictured above) LMH was first accredited as ‘Fairtrade’ in 2011  creating sustainable economic livelihoods for artisan craft producers, through an audited WFTO supply chain.
    Presented by Eve Broadis, Director Fair Trade Scotland


  • 1.00 pm – 2.00 pm Fair Trade Tastings!
    Come and try some fair trade chocolate, chutney’s, teas and more!
  • 2.00pm – 2.20pm It’s Divine! The story of the new vegan and organic range of Fair Trade chocolate
    Divine Chocolate believes in sustainable farming and in sustainable livelihoods for those who provide the ingredients, which is why every bar is printed with the official Fair Trade label.
    Presented by Jamie Hartzell, Chair of Divine Chocolate

2.30 pm – 2.50 pm
A Fair Trade Chutney

Many ingredients go into the making of a chutney. Hear stories from producers of some of the raw ingredients and Eswatini Kitchens, chutney, jam and sauce makers extraordinaire. There will be chutney and jam to taste … and some recipes, as well. Presented by Maranda St John Nicolle, Director of Christian Concern for One World, which seeks to help people love God and neighbour in a globalised world, with a focus on fairness in trade, care for the environment, and support for refugees.


3.00 pm – 3.20 pm

The Social Mercenary.

Taking a leap with passion!
How did a passion to help others, create a sustainable business model that helps others and promotes West African fabrics.
Presented by Jack Fellows, Founder






  • 3.30pm – 3.50pm The Truth About Tea
    demonstrators-and-communist-poster2Tea. A lovely, comforting, traditional “British” drink! But what lies behind that image of smiling Indian tea pluckers? Find out the surprising, sometimes sad, truth behind your favourite cuppa – and what you can do to make it a fairer drink.
    Presented by Sabita Banerji, Oxford Fair Trade Coalition Chair and ethical trade consultant .


What does Fair Trade mean for Human Rights?

December 10th – 7.00 pm, Oxford Town Hall

Erinch Sahan, Chief Executive of the World Fair Trade Organisation will be the key speaker at the Oxford Fair Trade Coalition AGM, which falls on International Human Rights Day and the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights 

Second Fair Trade Tour to Palestine

Following the first trip to Palestine by OFTC members, Carol Wills and Elizabeth Laskar, and the enlightening talk by fair trade producer Nawal Slemiah, we are pleased to share details from Catholic Relief Services of the second Fair Trade Tour.



Past events

Fairtrade at St Michael’s 15th Anniversary Party
October 21st, 15:00 – 18:00 Tap Social, North Hinksey Lane, just off the Botley Road, 

Congratulations to Fairtrade at St Michael’s – the fair trade shop in the heart of the City – on their 15th anniversary! An amazing achievement and a tribute to the hard work and dedication of all their volunteers, staff and suppliers and to the loyalty of their customers. You are invited to a party to  celebrate. There will be plenty to interest and entertain all ages with a variety of fair trade stalls plus music, poetry, displays, craft activities, board games, refreshments and, of course, cake.

Check for information.

Oxford Fairtrade City renewal & new International Fair Trade Charter launch

Tuesday 25th September, 12 noon, Town Hall, St Aldates

Join us to celebrate the renewal of Oxford’s status as a Fairtrade City & to help launch the new International Fair Trade Charter by the World Fair Trade Organisation and Fairtrade International. The new Fairtrade City certificate will be presented to the Lord Mayor of Oxford. Fairtrade tea, coffee and biscuits will be served.

Please contact if you would like to attend.

Friday with Friends – Upping our Fair Trade Game

Friday 14th September, 7.30 – 9.00 pm, Friends Meeting House, 43 St Giles

A talk and discussion with Sabita Banerji, OFTC Chair, Bart Ashton, Bursar of Lady Margaret Hall, and Michael Mckinley of Shared Interest.

How is Fair Trade faring now in a changing world?

Friday 12 October 15:00-16:30, United Reformed Church Summertown 

£5 charge for URC building fund.

An illustrated lecture by former OFTC Chair, Carol Wills. Carol is also an Honorary Member of the World Fair Trade Organisation. Lecture followed by tea and discussion.

Fair Trade in Palestine with Nawal Slemiah, Founder and Director of Women in Hebron Fair Trade Cooperative, Carol Wills and Elizabeth Laskar

October 15th, 19:00 – 21:00 Simpkins Lee Theatre, Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford

Tickets: £5 on the door (free for students)

In May 2018, Carol Wills and Elizabeth Laskar went on the first ever Fair Trade tour of Palestine, organised by the Holyland Handicrafts Cooperative Society and the University of Bethlehem Fair Trade Resource Centre, and met Nawal Slemiah at the Women in Hebron Cooperative.  They will speak about the journey they made.  Nawal will talk about the work the cooperative does to empower Palestinian women and keep Palestinian culture and traditional handicrafts alive.

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