They’ve worked with the British group Arctic Monkeys to release a single exclusively through their U.K. shops. They’ve been unafraid to campaign in controversial areas, pressuring the mighty Starbucks Coffee Co., for instance, to recognize Ethiopia’s ownership of its specialty coffee names. These are the kind of qualities that have earned Oxfam the reputation as one of the premier development and advocacy groups in the world.
Founded in Oxford, England in 1942 as the Oxford Committee for Famine Relief, the organization was originally set up to persuade the British government to allow food to be sent to people starving in occupied Greece. Oxfam GB was born directly out of that effort; today, there are 14 affiliates around the world led by the Oxford-based Oxfam International Secretariat, which leads and facilitates collaboration between these country affiliates.