With the latest retail figures predicting spending will hit $45 billion this Christmas, Oxfam are urging consumers to think ethically when making purchases.
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International aid agency Oxfam has welcomed the Australian Government’s announcement of $4.5 million to boost Fairtrade between small community producers in the Pacific and in Indonesia with regional and international markets.
Oxfam Australia Trading General Manager Julia Sumner said the investment highlighted the importance that trade plays in helping to lift people out of poverty.
Oxfam will be launching its first ever range of Fairtrade certified, organic and biodegradable coffee capsules to coincide with International Coffee Day on Monday 29 September. The capsules are compatible with Nespresso®* coffee machines and are locally roasted in Victoria and packed into a #5 medium roast with a smooth finish through to a #10 dark roast with a rich finish and a #12 intense roast with a full-bodied finish.
Oxfam is calling on Australians to help change the world in an instant with the release of its new Instant Coffee. Oxfam Australia Trading General Manager Julia Sumner said switching everyday purchases such as coffee was the easiest way for Australians to instantly help change the world.
The anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory collapse should act as a wake-up call to companies sourcing from Bangladesh to do more to improve worker safety, Oxfam Australia said today.
Kmart’s disclosure today of the locations of its supplier factories in Bangladesh is an Australian first and a crucial step on a journey towards better conditions for workers, Oxfam Australia said today.
Oxfam Australia Chief Executive Helen Szoke said the move was a ‘watershed moment’ for Australian retailing that would encourage transparency for the rest of the industry.
Oxfam Australia today welcomes Kmart’s confirmation that it will publish the addresses of supplier factories in all countries making its clothing, as this will allow independent checks of conditions for workers.
Launceston’s Mayor is calling on Tasmanians to Go Fair in 2013 by making the switch to fair trade products as part of Fair Trade Fortnight.
To help Tasmanians understand more about how buying fair trade benefits producers in developing countries, the mayor will be speaking at a World Fair Trade Day special event on Saturday 11 May at 12.00pm in the Launceston Mall.
Oxfam Australia is urging some of Australia’s biggest retailers to immediately release the locations of their factories in Bangladesh, as the death toll from last week’s collapse of the Rana Plaza building in Dhaka climbs to more than 400.
Oxfam Australia is urging shoppers to put pressure on the chocolate giants as a major investigation reveals Mars, Mondelez and Nestle are buying cocoa from countries where women farmers are treated badly.