Ask 1 800 Flowers to Offer Fair Trade Flowers That Aren't Picked By Exploited Workers
  • Petitioned Charles Fraas

This petition was delivered to:

VP, 1-800-Flowers Brand
Charles Fraas
Senior VP and Chief Marketing Officer
Larry Zarin
Chairman and Executive Officer
James McCann
Investor Relations, 1-800-Flowers
Joseph D. Pititto
Media Inquiries
Media Relations, 1-800-Flowers
Yanique Woodall

Ask 1 800 Flowers to Offer Fair Trade Flowers That Aren't Picked By Exploited Workers

    1. Amanda Kloer
    2. Petition by

      Amanda Kloer

      Washington, United States

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February 2011

Victory

Within 72 hours of Change.org's promotion of a campaign asking 1-800-Flowers to offer Fair Trade certified arrangements, the company agreed to offer a Fair Trade collection by Mother's Day, publish information on flower sourcing, and create a code of conduct for suppliers that prohibits forced and child labor. These steps make the world's largest florist also one of the most proactive and responsive companies in the industry -- a major victory for advocates and workers.

Change.org members encouraged 1-800-Flowers to make this decision using tweets, Facebook messages, and direct email via the Change.org petition tool. This victory marks the beginning of a revolution in how flower companies source their flowers, and thus in the lives of cut flower workers around the world.

We thank 1-800-Flowers for their commitment to workers' rights and the tens of thousands of Change.org members who participated in this campaign.

Fresh cut flowers are a wonderful way to show the special people in our life we love them. But did you know that beautiful bouquet you bought for your sweetheart, your mother, or your friend might have been picked by exploited or enslaved workers?

The cut flowers that large florists like 1-800-Flowers sell often come from countries in Central and South America and Africa -- where beautiful blossoms grow year round, but workers' rights aren't always respected. On Kenyan flower plantations, workers reported being forced to work 8-12 hour days for less than a dollar a day, handling dangerous chemicals without protective gear, and living in cramped, unsafe conditions. In Colombia and Ecuador, which are the main countries that supply the U.S. flower market, over half of female workers have been sexually harrased or assaulted on the job, and mandatory 70 to 80 hour work weeks without overtime pay are common. Exploitation and abuse of workers in the cut flower industry is rampant.

As one of the largest flower companies in the world, 1-800-Flowers has tremendous power to reduce exploitation in the cut flower industry. But currently, they don't offer a single Fair Trade certified stem or provide information about where their flowers come from.

It's time 1-800-Flowers stopped being part of the problem of human trafficking and exploitation in the cut flower industry and started being part of the solution.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. 1-800-Flowers Agrees to Provide Exploitation-Free Flowers

      Alex DiBranco
      Petition Organizer

      After over 50,000 Change.org members sent emails to 1-800-Flowers asking them to offer petals untainted by exploitation, child labor, sexual assault, and slavery, the company has stepped up to the plate and become a leader for ethical sourcing...

    2. 1-800-Flowers to Offer Fair Trade Line, Lead Industry in Ethical Sourcing

      Amanda Kloer
      Campaign Director

      After receiving letters from over 50,000 Change.org members concerned about worker exploitation in the cut flower industry, 1-800-Flowers has responded with a slew of responsible practices. And in doing so, they have emerged as a leading company in...

    3. Amanda Kloer
      Campaign Director

      Talking to 1-800-Flowers today! Let's hope the conversation is about how they want to respond to the concerns expressed by petition signers!

    4. Amanda Kloer
      Campaign Director

      After two days of silence, 1-800-Flowers has responded to an email. We've asked for a phone call to discuss what they might do. Progress!

    5. Reached 50 signatures
    6. Amanda Kloer
      Campaign Director

      1-800-Flowers is listening! They've already updated the responsibility information on their website twice today!

    7. Amanda Kloer
      Campaign Director

      Just got word that Totsy, the largest moms' sales network in the U.S., had ended their relationship with 1-800-Flowers until they offer Fair Trade certified flowers!

    8. 1-800-Flowers Earns D Minus On Workers' Rights

      Amanda Kloer
      Campaign Director

      In the past 24 hours, over 40,000 Change.org members have asked 1-800-Flowers, the world's largest florist, to offer Fair Trade certified arrangements that aren't picked by abused women in South America. Now Free2Work, a leading corporate...

    9. Reached 40 signatures
    10. Amanda Kloer
      Campaign Director

      Progress! 1-800-Flowers has posted their certification standards on their website. It's a good first step towards ending exploitation in the flower industry. Encourage them to go all the way!

    11. Reached 10 signatures
    12. Amanda Kloer
      Campaign Director

      Make sure 1-800-Flowers gets the message - share your thoughts on their Facebook page:

    13. Reached 7 signatures
    14. Ask 1-800-Flowers to Send Rape-Free Roses to Your Loved One

      Alex DiBranco
      Petition Organizer

      Ah, love is in the air ... Valentine's Day is fast approaching, and if you have a special someone in your life, you might be considering one of the most traditional displays of love: a bouquet of red roses. You might be planning to get them delivered...

    15. Amanda Kloer
      Campaign Director

      Good Morning America just rated 1-800-Flowers "most affordable" for Valentine's Day. Maybe they're so cheap because they're picked by underpaid women ...

    16. Amanda Kloer
      Campaign Director

      Supporters of this campaign have more than doubled overnight! Let's get to 5,000 today!

    17. Reached 2 signatures
    18. Fair Trade Expert Echos Call for 1-800-Flowers to Offer Fair Trade Bouquets

      Amanda Kloer
      Campaign Director

      With Valentine's Day only a week away, hundreds of Change.org members are asking 1-800-Flowers, the world's largest florist, to offer a Fair Trade certified collection of bouquets. To find out more about Fair Trade flowers, I caught up with Dr. Laura...

    19. Reached 250 signatures
    20. Were Your 1-800-Flowers Valentine's Roses Picked By Forced Labor?

      Amanda Kloer
      Campaign Director

      This Valentine's Day, 500 million flowers -- most of them roses -- are scheduled to make the long journey from Colombia to the U.S. And while their destination may be the hands of lovers across America, the origin of many of these flowers is anything...

    21. Amanda Kloer
      Campaign Director

      1-800-Flowers has promised to post information about where they get their flowers on their website. Let's encourage them to do it quickly!

    22. Reached 100 signatures
    23. Will 1-800-Flowers Offer Fair Trade Stems for Valentine's Day?

      Amanda Kloer
      Campaign Director

      A bouquet of flowers on Valentine's Day should be a symbol of love. But for the many workers in the cut flower industry who face sexual assault, abuse, horrific working conditions, and unfair pay, flowers are a symbol of exploitation. Will...

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Janaina Lima TAYLORSVILLE, UT
      • over 3 years ago

      This is to 1 800 flowers, you guys absolutely disgust me. I'm from Brazil, what makes you think you have the right, the nerve to treat people this way. Would you want your friends or family working in these conditions? Would you let your sisters work in an environment where they're sexually assaulted on a daily basis? No! So what makes you think that its ok to let it happen to other people? I'm telling everyone I know what kind of business you run. Absolutely disgusting!

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    • Greg Janecka CHICAGO, IL
      • over 3 years ago

      This seems totally BULLSHIT by Change.org. Their email states "Stop the abusive practices of 1-800-Flowers."

      But nowhere does it state they actually DO ANYTHING abusive. They imply they do b/c they are a large buyer of flowers and lots of flowers come from areas where abuses happen. That is not to say 1-800-Flowers engages in this? Where is direct link?

      Where is 1-800-Flowers' abusive information?

      I do not like emails that are designed to illicit a response by using false and/or misleading information.

      I also fully support human rights but to imply someone is guilty without proof is not right. With proof, we take action.

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    • jackie gorden-platek GRAYSLAKE, IL
      • over 3 years ago

      Kindly think of all the important woman in your lives. Is this how you would want them to be treated?

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    • Angela kambeitz BISMARCK, ND
      • over 3 years ago

      if you wnat my business, you will offer fair trade flowers. and pay the workers proper wages in developing countries

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    • Karen Fitzgerald SAN FRANCISCO, UNITED STATES
      • over 3 years ago

      I really hope 1-800 Flowers will improve its labor practices. The current situation is unacceptable.

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