FTD: Offer Fair Trade Flowers That Aren't Picked By Exploited Workers
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FTD: Offer Fair Trade Flowers That Aren't Picked By Exploited Workers

    1. Amanda Kloer
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      Amanda Kloer

      Washington, DC

April 2011


After Change.org members convinced 1-800-Flowers to change some of their sourcing practices, they turned their eyes on FTD. Almost 10,000 people asked the company to offer Fair Trade flowers, list sourcing information on their website, and create a supplier code of conduct. Now, the company has agreed.

Thanks to everyone who helped make these changes just in time for Mother's Day.


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 FTD 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, FTD has tremendous power to reduce exploitation in the cut flower industry. But currently, they only offer two Rain Forest Alliance certified arrangements, no Fair Trade certified arrangements, and don't provide information about where their flowers come from.

It's time FTD 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


    1. Amanda Kloer
      Campaign Director

      Can we show our support for Fair Trade by breaking 10,000 signatures by Mother's Day?

    2. Amanda Kloer
      Campaign Director

      Mother's Day is coming up. FTD has made a Fair Trade certified collection available, but will they share a code of conduct and sourcing information as well?

    3. Amanda Kloer
      Campaign Director

      FTD says they're working on creating a supplier code of conduct and public website with sourcing information by Mother's Day. Let's keep up the pressure and make sure they follow through!

    4. Progress! Major Florist FTD Offers Fair Trade Certified Bouquets

      Amanda Kloer
      Campaign Director

      Demonstrating their strong commitment to labor rights, FTD has offered a line of Fair Trade certified floral arrangements, just in time for Mother's Day, Easter, and graduation season. The site now offers five different Fair Trade certified bouquets,...

    5. Reached 9 signatures
    6. Amanda Kloer
      Campaign Director

      FTD has responded by email that they're in the process of working on a Fair Trade line. Let's keep the pressure up!

    7. Reached 5 signatures
    8. Amanda Kloer
      Campaign Director

      Proflowers has told they'll be making these changes in the next couple weeks. But FTD still won't respond.

    9. Reached 250 signatures
    10. Amanda Kloer
      Campaign Director

      FTD has been criticized for their customer service. Does that include refusing to serve their customers Fair Trade certified flowers?

    11. Reached 100 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • M S LA BABY, CA
      • over 3 years ago

      Hi LW

    • Andrew Heugel BREWSTER, NY
      • over 3 years ago

      Like most American mega corporations, FTD has shipped many American jobs overseas to exploit the cheap child and slave labor and lax environmental laws. And, you can thank their mostly Republican puppets in Congress for giving these corporations lavish tax breaks and subsidies for doing this!


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