Unit 1: Exploring Business Activity – Induction Assignment

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BTEC National Diploma in Business
Unit 1: Exploring Business Activity – Induction Assignment

Oxfam is a non profit organisation and was first set up in England, 1942. It was created by a small group of Quakers, followers of Christ, and their main target at the time was to reduce the frequency of famine and to aid those in need. Although Oxfam set out originally to reduce famine they now strive on opening up world markets and providing fair trade to third world countries. To date, Oxfam is currently the leading international non-governmental organisation (NGO) and have an excellent reputation in the delivery of aid and development work. Millions of people donate to Oxfam every year - without this hefty amount of funding they receive they wouldn’t be able to put ideas into action. It is because of this that it is said to be ‘owned by everyone’.

Oxfam is a charity which is also the leading non-governmental organisation to date. It consists of 13 organisations working with over 3,000 partners in more than 100 countries around the globe. In 2008 Oxfam GB worked with over 20,000 volunteers in shops across the UK, raising £17.1 million for Oxfam's programme work Oxfam rely on the public to donate goods for free; they market to all age groups however it is perceived to be for the older generation and not for the teenage trendy market. Oxfam doesn’t have competitors in a selling sense however they do need to earn the publics trust by putting their aims into action. There is rivalry between other charity organisations such as ‘help the aged’ to receive the items and donations from the public and this relies so much on marketing their goals and what they will do with the proceeds. There is no bought in stock as all the items are donated but the pricing for re-sale of most items are reasonable. With this in mind Oxfam has become a popular place to find bargain buys for re-sale. At Oxfam all the profits generated from sales within store and online/postal donations all go towards different projects to help a cause such as the one fighting climate change which is happening at the moment. In the odd event where there is money left over from the project it is re-invested in different projects or put back into the company to fund for land rent, website production and general store improvements. The owners don’t receive any financial gain out of the organisation. Oxfam is still thriving in business as it has done so much for third world countries such as the East Africa food crisis where 10 million people were given sufficient food and water. It’s these successful projects that build the trust and faith of the public with Oxfam and encourage them to donate goods and money knowing it will be put to good use. Oxfam’s main aim is to work with others to overcome poverty and suffering. The key people in Oxfam is in fact everyone who donates money or items – without them Oxfam wouldn’t be where it is today. That said, the key people can also be identified as the group of Quakers who invested their own money to start this charity. Their names however are not flaunted across everywhere to gain public status as that is not the reason they created Oxfam. The activities of Oxfam, such as selling on second hand goods, help them to meet their aims and objectives by being able to fund for food, water, medical aid, school books, toilets, mosquito nets and much more in third world countries. This helps towards their aim of overcoming poverty and suffering.

Oxfam as a whole, in my opinion, is a great inspiration to people all over the world to set out and do something good that can change lives. They are very laid back in store and you can knock the price down by a pound or two and the staff there, in my experience, have always been very welcoming. Oxfam however is seen to be more for the older generation and if a young teenager like myself was caught in there it would be a social status singer and wouldn’t be considered ‘cool’. The reason for this...
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