On the eve of the fifth anniversary of the tragic Rana Plaza factory collapse, leading Australian clothing brands that have stubbornly and shamefully refused to sign a critical safety accord are being urged to live up to their responsibilities. Thirteen prominent Australian organisations have united to call on Australian brands that are lagging behind the […]
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New Oxfam research has found that Australians dread the mass consumption associated with Christmas (facing the crowds at shopping centres and giving and receiving unnecessary gifts) and the majority would consider making changes to how they do Christmas if it would help the environment.
By Dr Helen Szoke Anaya* was sick and bedridden, having just given birth to her second child after a difficult pregnancy, when her husband left her for someone else. She begged him to stay and even offered for her husband’s new wife to live with them, but he declined. Like many women in India, Anaya […]
Oxfam has become the first organisation in Australia to be given the tick of approval from the World Fair Trade Organisation (WFTO) Guarantee System.
Oxfam Australia Trading General Manager Julia Sumner said this was a revolutionary system that helped ensure Fair Trade compliance throughout an organisation’s entire supply chain and operations.
Seven leading fashion retailers in Australia are continuing to hide where their clothes are made by refusing to publish the names and locations of the factories they use around the globe, Oxfam’s latest ‘Naughty or Nice’ list has revealed in the lead-up to Christmas.
In the past 20 years, the number of people living in extreme poverty has more than halved, but the vast majority of Australians and people around the world think the opposite is true. A new global survey published by Dutch research firm Motivaction reveals that 89 per cent of Australians, and 87 per cent of […]
Responding to reports that Nespresso® enlisted Australia Post to enable people to recycle their aluminium coffee pods via the mail, Oxfam Australia General Manager Julia Sumner said: “We encourage consumers to think about the excessive cost and negative environmental impacts of buying aluminium coffee pods which cannot be recycled using a curb-side recycling program but […]
Australian shoppers have the chance to help change the lives of people living in poverty with Oxfam’s new range of beautiful, handmade, fair and ethically sourced dresses and everyday basics. The range consists of vibrant, bold dresses in flattering styles, everyday basics including cardigans, tops and leggings and soft, silky sleepwear made from organic cotton. […]
Rip Curl manufacturing surf wear in North Korea Responding to Fairfax Media’s investigation, which today revealed Rip Curl manufactured clothes in the Democratic People’s Republic (DPR) of Korea, Oxfam Australia Chief Executive Dr Helen Szoke said: Australians would be shocked to hear that an iconic Australian brand with roots on the surf coast of Victoria has […]
Oxfam’s papier-mâché Easter egg boxes and bowls come with a special story of survival and resilience this Easter. The egg boxes and bowls were made by a small group based in India’s Kashmir region, which was overcome by disastrous floods late last year. The artisans were devastatingly affected by these floods – losing their homes, workshops and materials.