Oxford became a Fairtrade City on 5 March 2004.
The purpose of a Fairtrade City is to contribute to the Fairtrade Foundation's aim of tackling poverty by enabling disadvantaged producers from poor countries to receive a better deal, through encouraging support for the Fairtrade Mark.
To attain this status, the city has met the following five goals:
- Local Council passes a resolution supporting Fairtrade, and agrees to serve Fairtrade coffee and tea at its meetings and in its offices and canteens.
- A range of Fairtrade products are readily available in the area's shops, and served in local cafes and catering establishments.
- Fairtrade products are used by local businesses and community organisations.
- Attract media coverage and popular support for the campaign.
- A local Fairtrade steering group is convened to ensure continued commitment to its Fairtrade City status.
The full resolution can be found here.
A full Fairtrade Town Goals and Action Guide is also available from the Fairtrade Foundation website