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What Does Oxfam-Wereldwinkels Do?

Oxfam-Wereldwinkels’ primary objective is to inform the public about the injustice inherent in current trading relationships. Trade is a powerful driver of development, but many producers in the south never get a fair chance to trade on the international market. For this reason, they are often living in poverty.

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In pinpointing exactly what is wrong with international trade, we hope to raise public awareness of the injustice suffered by millions of farmers in the south. Similarly, we are convinced that a growing number of people are demanding a change to this model, and that this is something which the politicians can no longer avoid getting involved in.

Oxfam-Wereldwinkels has a unique social role to play here. The organisation is involved in developing fairtrade products thereby offering consumers a real alternative. These products are available in over 200 Oxfam-Wereldwinkels shops, so there will almost certainly be one local to you.

Oxfam-Wereldwinkels has a unique social role to play here.

We are thus proving that a fair and sustainable trading model can be economically viable without requiring consumers to change their lifestyle, but also that fair trade and production can encourage development in the south.

Oxfam-Wereldwinkels is thereby killing two birds with one stone. The organization is effectively paying a price which gives producers a chance of development whilst giving disadvantaged producers the chance to choose their own customers for their products. This initiative enables them to increase their bargaining power by giving them a stronger position from which to trade.

Our approach is based on four main principles:

  1. Partnership: We collaborate with over 30 partners in 57 countries. We buy their products and support them through their trading and production process development stage.
  2. Lobbying and research: We analysed the failings of distribution channels and raise awareness among public and politicians alike of the need for fair trade.
  3. Network shops: We have over 200 Oxfam-Wereldwinkels stores offering high quality fair trade products and enabling people to take part in inspiring activities.
  4. Volunteers: Each year over 8,000 volunteers work towards creating a fairer trading system.