Fair Trade

Letters Question, August 16

Fresh initiatives.

Do you agree with Oxfam Hong Kong that the Commission on Poverty, to be relaunched next month, must rethink Hong Kong's priorities on alleviating the plight of the poorest in society and define a poverty threshold?


Thursday, 16 August, 2012, 9:33am

Oxfam urges chief executive to set poverty threshold

Oxfam urges chief executive to set poverty threshold

The upcoming relaunch of the Commission on Poverty is an opportunity to rethink Hong Kong's priorities on alleviating poverty and rectify mistakes, says Oxfam Hong Kong.

The charity group yesterday urged the government to create a new post of commissioner for the body and to define the poverty line.

15 Aug 2012 - 4:44am

Good-governance guide needed in HK, Oxfam says

Oxfam International wants listed firms in Hong Kong to adopt a guide for environmental, social, and governance (ESG) reporting.It says the move- currently the subject of a public consultation by the stock exchange- is a 'critical first step' towards promoting corporate social responsibility (CSR).

4 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Corrections & clarifications

Chief Executive Election Committee member Chong Chan-yau who contributed to the SCMP Debate featured on Focus page A5 on Monday should have been referred to as a former executive director of Oxfam Hong Kong. He is currently senior adviser to the organisation.

8 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Big brands backing 'greener' cotton

Popular international fashion brands have formed a consortium to grow environmentally-friendly cotton on a global scale for use in their products.

The initiative is backed and funded by 19 brands and retailers, including Adidas, H&M, IKEA, Levi's, Marks & Spencer and Nike, and also with grants from the Dutch, Swedish and Swiss governments.

5 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Have a fair Valentine's Day!

Today is Valentine's Day and chocolate is a popular gift during this festival. Yet few of us consider that our chocolate gifts may come from an unfair trade.

Many cocoa farmers in developing countries earn only a tiny portion of the final selling price of chocolate. They sell cocoa beans at very low prices because they lack proper market information.

14 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Start them young

Changes in the school curriculum helped spur an interest in the work of charities such as Oxfam, says Paris Law Yuk-lan, education manager for Oxfam Hong Kong.

18 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Unfair Trade

Unfair Trade by Conor Woodman Whole Story (audiobook)

11 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Who said it?

The Chinese government got very good very quickly at figuring out how to ignore or resist ... international intervention on human rights

Human Rights Watch China director Sophie Richardson

It really has gone global

John Sayer, director general of Oxfam Hong Kong, on Trailwalker, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year

11 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Talking points

Our editors will be looking ahead today to these developing stories ...

Trailwalker steps off with press conference

10 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Anniversary appeal recalls happy memories

Do you have a special association with the Oxfam Trailwalker in Hong Kong? If so, it's time to make yourself known. To celebrate Oxfam Trailwalker's 30th anniversary, organisers are searching for those who have contributed to its success and made it the memorable experience that it is today.

16 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Children in low-income families are undernourished, Oxfam says

Low-income families cannot afford nutritionally balanced meals owing to rising food prices, a study by Oxfam has found.

4 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Too poor for one square meal a day

Low-income families in the city cannot afford even half the price of a square meal needed for a balanced daily diet, according to a study.

The Oxfam Hong Kong study released yesterday found that an adult needs to spend more than HK$66 a day to maintain a balanced diet, but this is more than double the HK$30 a day that low-income families can afford.

3 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Hunger inexcusable amid such wealth

We live in a wealthy city. Although, the gap between rich and poor has increasingly been a cause of concern, it came as a shock last month to learn that some families in Hong Kong cannot afford to feed their children properly.

29 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Government has clearly failed the poorest families in this affluent city

The Oxfam World Wealth Report 2011 findings on poverty in Hong Kong came as a shock to most people and served as a wake-up call for the city's government.

25 Aug 2011 - 12:00am