Past campaigns and successes

Thanks to the tireless campaigning of people like you, we have some big reasons to celebrate! From inspiring change in big businesses, global organisations, and the UK government, people power has been paving the way for a better future since 1942.

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Campaign successes

UK government to phase out coal power

Thousands of Oxfam supporters joined our campaign calling on the UK government to end its reliance on coal energy, the pollution cause by which, has been instrumental to worldwide climate change. In November 2015, Energy and Climate Change Secretary Amber Rudd announced that between 2023 and 2025, all existing UK coal power plants would be closed. A valuable step towards the UK meeting its climate targets and home, and the potential for an even greater impact worldwide.  

Coal pollution. You're history.

Pepsi commits to preventing land grabs in its supply chains

When enough of us speak out, companies listen. In 2014, PepsiCo proved this.

After you pushed its rival Coca-Cola to prevent land grabs in its supply chain, you continued to pressure Pepsi into following their example. Suppliers who want their ingredients to be used in everything from Pepsi and Doritos to Tropicana and Walkers must now ensure their land is acquired responsibly.

Thousands of people in over 40 countries stand #WithSyria

To mark three years of the conflict in Syria, in March 2014, thousands of people in over 40 countries demanded there won't be a fourth anniversary.

There were vigils in refugee camps in Jordan, London, Moscow and Washington DC, and in other places that have experienced conflict recently, including Darfur and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Celebrities showed their support in lots of creative ways. #WithSyria trended around the world, reaching over 375 million people, and world leaders pledged their support. 

Find out more about #WithSyria.

Enough Food IF pushes politicians to make commitments on aid and tax dodging

Thanks to your work, the UK became the first G8 country to keep a 43-year promise to spend 0.7% of national income on aid to the world's poorest people. 55,000 of you rallied in London and Belfast. You wrote letters and met your MPs. 500 of you even dressed up as the Chancellor!

The IF campaign urged politicians to stamp out tax dodging and free up money that could be used to build schools and hospitals. We called on MPs and G8 leaders to reform tax laws. David Cameron then announced that all UK-affiliated 'tax havens' will now have to share financial information. 

Companies in G8 countries will now be open to scrutiny by tax authorities. Bad news for tax dodgers. Good news for people living in poverty.

History is made as countries agree the arms trade must be brought under control

For ten years, Oxfam supporters and others have been calling for a treaty to control the illegal sale of weapons. You signed petitions, sent emails, met MPs, and we even drove a tank to 10 Downing Street to make our point. In April 2013, the world agreed a historic Arms Trade Treaty -- and the determination of people like you made it possible.

Find out more about the Arms Trade Treaty.

Chocolate companies melt under pressure

In spring 2013, more than 100,000 of you urged Mars, Mondelez and Nestlé to investigate the treatment of women cocoa farmers in their supply chains as part of our Behind the Brands campaign. By April, all three had made the important commitments necessary to start tackling gender inequality and respecting women's rights.

Hope of peace in Syria kept alive

Since we launched our Love Syria campaign in 2013, the UK Government has committed to give £500 million in aid to the Syrian people - the most it has ever given to a humanitarian crisis. Our politicians also voted against military action in Syria and agreed to stop sending arms to the region. And finally, world leaders set a date for peace talks.

In the summer of 2013, nearly 50,000 festival-goers showed their support for refugees fleeing war in Syria. From Glastonbury to Bestival, people signed our Love Syria petition calling for more aid and a peaceful resolution to the conflict.

Haiti's debt dropped

More than 220,000 people died and more than 1 million people were left homeless by the devastating earthquake that hit Haiti on 12 January 2010. To help its recovery, the World Bank then waived Haiti's $36m debt, thanks in part to more than 415,000 people who signed the "Drop the Debt" petition.

Coal plant plans go up in smoke

In 2009, E.ON were planning a new coal-fired power station at Kingsnorth in Kent.  The energy company pulled the plug on the controversial carbon-heavy power station after you took action as part of the Stop Climate Chaos coalition, forming a human chain around the perimeter of their existing plant.

Making HIV treatment affordable

Oxfam supporters' determined campaigning paid off in 2009 when a patent pool for HIV drugs was agreed. That means manufacturers can produce affordable versions of the drugs: a major step towards the 33 million people living with HIV and AIDS getting the treatment they need.

Starbucks coffee: A fair price

Nearly 100,000 people contacted Starbucks in 2007 and asked them to pay Ethiopian farmers a fair price for their coffee beans. Under pressure, eventually Starbucks put people before profits - so we still get to drink great coffee, and the farmers get paid fairly for it.

Medicines for millions

In 2007, legal action by Novartis put the health of millions at risk. The pharmaceutical giant launched a battle to challenge India's right to produce cheap, generic version of medicines - affordable drugs that poor people worldwide depend on. So 80,000 Oxfam campaigners stepped in to help put a stop to it - and got the result the world's poorest people needed!

Make Poverty History

Make Poverty History

The biggest ever anti-poverty movement came together under the banner of Make Poverty History in 2005 calling for urgent action for more and better aid, debt cancellation and trade justice.

Millions of people wore white bands, 444,000 people emailed the Prime Minister about poverty and 225,000 took to the streets of Edinburgh for the Make Poverty History march and rally.

The campaign ensured that global poverty was placed higher on the national and global agenda than ever before. Great steps forward were made, but the fight against poverty continues.