Five stories from behind the scenes. Climate Justice: #LetsDoItFair

We often draw attention to the disproportionate effect of climate change on producers in poorer countries, but we also want to emphasise the positive.  Fair trade enterprises through invention, creativity and necessity are pioneering new ways to produce and trade in the middle of a climate crisis.

Click Behind the scenes climate stories for a PDF of our five stories

Here are five very short  stories from behind the scenes which illustrate Fair Trade’s alternative solutions to global warming: upcycling, natural processes and products, solar power, carbon neutral clothes, triple bottom line.

Each enterprise’s website can also be found within their story


Fair Trade and Sustainable Picnic for World Fair Trade Day

We invite you to come and join us for a Fair Trade and sustainable Picnic in the University Parks on World Fair Trade Day.  WFTO are inviting us all to Raise our Hands for Climate Justice  #Let’s Do It Fair.

This year World Fair Trade Day particularly wants to raise awareness of Fair Trade’s alternative solutions to the planet’s economic and ecological challenges: we will be providing stories from behind the scenes here to help illustrate this.

Together is always better so bring your own Fair Trade picnic and lets all raise our Oxford hands.

Tell us if you’re coming by clicking here

Remarkable women in Fair Trade

To mark International Womens’ Day we are publishing the profiles of 5 different but remarkable women who have worked in Fair Trade.  She Leads the Way IWD 2022 5 profiles

Everyone should know what they have done and the kind of impact that fair trade can have – transforming lives, empowering women and these days putting climate change mitigation at the heart of what we can do.


Build the world (and the pancake) you want! 1st March, 6pm

Come and share our pancakes with an exciting range of fair trade toppings at Wesley memorial Church on Shrove Tuesday (1st March) 6pm – 7.30pm.
We will be talking about fair trade and the impact of climate change and launching our campaign to put
Fairness at the Heart of our Climate Ambitions.
Climate change is a threat to entire communities, their livelihoods, their way of life and their survival.   We plan to work with others to highlight and change this.
Come – eat – talk
and find out how an inclusive and fair Oxford can influence change.


AGM and online event – 3rd February, 6pm, Zoom

Oxford In Spires: business not as usual

Click here to sign up now.

We’re looking forward to comparing experiences with Brighton and Bristol Fair Trade Towns as well as hearing about the amazing Made51 project, and using each of our successes and challenges to inspire us for 2022.
We’re delighted to welcome Christine Gent, Fairtrade Brighton & Hove and Made51, and Elaine Ashley, Chair of Bristol Fair Trade Network for an in-spiring discussion.
Join us online wherever you are.

Learn about clothing repairs and Doughnut Economics with Fairtrade snacks

In case you are at a loose end on Saturday afternoons, Trading for Development are putting on a sewing and knitting repair café with the Student Hub in the Jericho Community Centre at 4pm from 5th February.  Bring an item of clothing to repair,  and discuss revolutionary economics over Fairtrade snacks – what’s not to like?

Details here or email for more information.

Fairtrade Fortnight

Following last years success the Fairtrade Foundation will be hosting it’s online festival ‘Choose the World you Want’ again over Fairtrade Fortnight.  Last year there were dozens of fascinating online events, free and available to all on a great range of topics.

Details will follow, Watch their website

Volunteering opportunities

Details of two opportunities to volunteer for good in Oxford.

Fairtrade at St Michael’s at looking for someone to join their team of Directors. Why not use your passion for fair trade to great effect by becoming a voluntary director of one of our local fair trade shops?  Details and how to apply here.

And Thirst International are running a recruitment process for a voluntary intern.  Details are here and the deadline is 21st May 2021.


For World Fair Trade Day 2021 in May we promoted WFTO’s #BuildBackFairer campaign.

The World Fair Trade Organisation are calling for commitment. They want governments to

  • Protect workers
  • Help to Restart economies using stimulii and finance
  • Redesign the trade environment from profit primacy to mission primacy
  • Create systems which support a Fair Share of Resources

You can watch a video summary of the goals here

…and read more about their campaign here

Hidden Voices online event for Fairtrade Fortnight

Our Online discussion for Fairtrade Fortnight – Thursday 4 March at 6pm – 7:30pm

This event features Lizy White, Product Development Manager from Traidcraft, and Slindelo, Production Co-ordinator from Eswatini Kitchen.   We’ll hear from them about the challenges and successes in their part of the supply chains that brings people together through Fairtrade and allow us to make the right choice as consumers here in Oxford.

More details including how to sign up on our Events Page