Oikocredit Canada Newsletter
May 2023

Oikocredit International Updates


Cafédirect CEO: How Fairtrade creates a better life for farmers and a better cup of coffee for you

From bananas and flowers, coffee and wine, to textile and composites, you see the Fairtrade label on a wide range of products today. Buying Fairtrade directly improves farmer’s lives around the world even as volatile prices and climate change threatens their livelihoods, John Steel, CEO of the alternative trading coffee company Cafédirect, told us ahead of World Fairtrade Day this week.

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From Outreach to Impact: Oikocredit drives forward positive social impact with Client Self-Perception Survey

By listening to the feedback and perspectives of the end-client, our partner organisations can further improve their products and services to meet the needs of the people they serve.

In the Client Self-Perception Survey, we ask end-clients about the changes they experienced over the last 12 months.

Together with our partners, we systematically collect and analyse the information from end-clients to identify key themes or topics. This enables us to build the capacity of organisations to listen to the voices of their clients and use what they hear to improve and ultimately create more positive impact.

In the 2022 report released this week, we explain the outcomes of the survey programme and share valuable insights.

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Oikocredit invites members to AGM on June 9 in Amersfoort

Oikocredit invites its members to attend its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 9 June 2023. The hybrid event will take place both online and in person in Amersfoort, the Netherlands. 

Members or their representatives are welcome to attend the event in person. However, the hybrid format accommodates members who are unable to travel to the Netherlands. A web-based conferencing system will facilitate online attendance. 

Voting will be electronic for everyone, regardless of whether they participate online or in person. This helps ensure that all members have the same participation opportunities. 

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Oikocredit North America News and Updates


I take breaks for Tai Chi, but humour and pondering the weather haven’t hurt either

Oikocredit Canada Support Association (OCSA) is led by a volunteer board of directors.

Though we know them professionally today, we dig deep and ask them some informal questions to get to know them better and learn more about their passions and hopes for the future. 

This month we get to know Brigid McQuaid, Administrative Assistant and Bookkeeper


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Event: Advancing SDG focused Impact Investing in Emerging Markets

The Canada Forum for Impact Investment and Development (CAFIID) published the 2021 State of the Sector (SotS) Report, which tracked the scale, trends, and outlook for Canadian impact investing in developing and emerging economies.

CAFIID is hosting an event on June 14 from 1 pm onwards, Toronto to provide a forum for reflection on ways to advance the impact of investment in emerging and frontier markets. 

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Event: The Future of Responsible Investment

Each year, the Responsible Investment Association (RIA) hosts the most influential leaders in the Canadian investment industry to discuss the future of responsible investment and ESG. Previous RIA event speakers include industry change-makers, visionaries, policy makers, sustainability leaders, practitioners and more!

This year the event is on June 6-7, 2023, at Hilton, Toronto.

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Annual Report 2022

Oikocredit published its Annual Report and financial statements for 2022, reporting on solid financial and social results and other achievements during the year. 

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