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Petitioning Dave Lewis

Stop the Rot! Call on supermarkets to tackle food waste in their supply chains

UK supermarkets and businesses throw out over 7 million tonnes of food annually, before it gets to your shopping basket. That’s enough to lift all the hungry people in the UK out of food poverty. Globally, if food waste was a country, it would be the third top carbon emitter after USA and China. I've started this petition as part of Stop the Rot campaign because I want to see an end to this stark injustice. Consumers are currently asked to do the lion's share of tackling food waste, but many businesses waste more in a day than a consumer does in a year. Someone pays for these mountains of wasted food – be it you, victims of climate change, the person who can’t afford to eat, or the supermarket’s suppliers. Food is mainly wasted on farms and in factories, but hugely affected by retailer policy. Imagine spending all year growing potatoes, just to have them rejected for being the wrong shape or size. Or toiling to overproduce cauliflowers for fear of ever missing an order. One farmer had to plough 300,000 perfectly edible cabbages back into the field. These unjust practices need to be stopped. Hidden from view, the waste piles up and suppliers suffer in silence. It’s time to call on UK supermarkets to tackle the food waste their policies cause in their supply chains. Three quarters of the UK’s food is sold through Tesco, Asda, Sainsburys and Morrisons. With a strong movement pressuring them, we can make them act! Join Stop the Rot's call for the major supermarkets to: - regularly publish their in-store and supply chain's food waste data, including collaborating to measure food waste on farms by 2018 to enable targeted reduction. - commit to ambitious targets to reduce their own stores' and their manufacturing suppliers’ food waste by 30% by 2025 Please sign and share this petition! Together, we can stop the rot!

Stop the Rot
268,099 supporters
Petitioning Sean Clarke, Dave Lewis, David Potts, Mike Coupe, Steve Rowe, Steve Murrells, Giles Hurley, Christian Härtnagel, Jesper Højer

STOP Supermarkets using UNRECYCLABLE Food Packaging

TOO MUCH PLASTIC IN THE WORLD Question: So why are Supermarkets still using unrecyclable food packaging? This needs to stop, large retailers need to play a major role in reducing the amount of plastic, not adding to it. We have all seen the news, "Our Oceans are filled with Plastic" "More Plastic than fish in the Sea by 2050" Fish eat the plastic, we eat the fish........ Vote to make them accountable for their actions, force them to change.    

Simon Goldsmith
108,930 supporters
Petitioning Mike Coupe, Sainsbury

Support Sainsbury's shop floor staff's working rights. We're NOT in the money

For over 20 years, I have been a dedicated and hardworking staff member at Sainsbury’s. I have always loved my job, worked with amazing colleagues and been a proud and loyal employee for a good employer. And that’s what why it is so hard to speak out.In March, Sainsbury’s announced wholesale contract changes across the organisation and spun them to the media as an ‘increase in basic pay’. But, because of these changes, I will be one of the thousands of long standing and loyal Sainsbury's staff who will see our wages plummet.Here is the reality for shopfloor staff like me: Those of us who work unsociable hours over weekends will see our earnings slashed. Those of us who work through the night will only receive nightshift pay between 12am and 5am. We’ll all lose our bonuses (although not our “we’re in the money” CEO). We’ll no longer be paid through our breaks. And if we don’t accept the changes by September, then Sainsbury’s will dismiss us from our jobs. I personally stand to lose over £1,000 per year. Some of my colleagues will lose as much as £3,000. And it is those of us who have been with the company the longest that will be hit the hardest. Against all Sainsbury’s values, I am being asked to ‘work well for less’ if I am to keep my job.The morale at Sainsbury’s is lower than ever before, especially with the new uncertainty of how the Sainsbury's/Asda merger will pan out. Many of us are wondering if we can afford to continue to work here, whilst the prospect of seeking new employment in our 40s, 50s and 60s is extremely frightening.I’m calling on Sainsbury’s to reconsider their position and to show a fraction of the loyalty to me and my colleagues that we have shown to them.I’ve written this petition under a pseudonym to protect myself at work.

Michelle Cooper
104,215 supporters
Petitioning Mike Coupe Sainsbury’s Group Chief Executive, Sainsbury's

Sainsbury’s: don’t ditch Fairtrade!

Sainsbury's is the largest retailer of Fairtrade products in the UK. But they’ve decided to drop the Fairtrade Mark from their own-brand tea and replace it with their own 'Fairly Traded' label instead. Sainsbury’s has abandoned Fairtrade certification to set up its own pilot scheme, saying they want to secure their supply chain. ‘Fairly Traded’ sounds a lot like Fairtrade, but it doesn’t have the same gold standards. It is self-run by Sainsbury’s but most importantly it takes control away from tea farmers. The new scheme is untested, unverified and unwanted and the ‘Fairly Traded’ label is likely to mislead customers. I’ve started this petition because we can’t let Sainsbury’s undermine Fairtrade’s incredible impact on the lives of millions of farmers. 'Fairly Traded' is not my cup of tea! Over 220,000 tea producers are affected by Sainsbury’s decision and their concerns about it have been blatantly ignored. In an open letter to Sainsbury’s*, farmers said: ‘We told Sainsbury’s loud and clear: your model will bring about disempowerment. We are extremely concerned about the power and control that Sainsbury’s seeks to exert over us.’ Under the pilot scheme, the cash bonus that farmers receive on top of what they earn for their tea (similar to the Fairtrade Premium) no longer goes directly to them. Instead, their money is held by Sainsbury’s, who have instructed farmers to apply to a Board in London to find out whether they can have it.  I’ve supported Fairtrade for many years because it is an internationally respected, farmer-owned certification scheme with over 20 years of experience fighting for a fairer deal for millions of farmers in developing countries. Fairtrade ensures that a company’s supply chain is independently checked against farmer-set standards. That’s why the Fairtrade Mark is the most recognised and trusted ethical label in the world. So please sign this petition and tell Sainsbury’s Chief Executive Mike Coupe: don’t ditch Fairtrade! If we make it very clear we only support Fairtrade tea, we can make him reconsider.  This petition is supported by: Oxfam, Cafod, Christian Aid, Traidcraft Exchange, Tearfund, Trade Justice Movement and Commitment for Life. *You can read the open letter from tea farmers to Sainsbury’s here.

Barbara Gwinnett
103,713 supporters
Victory
Petitioning Mike Coupe

Ban Disposable Plastic Straws in Sainsbury's

Plastic is destroying our oceans - Morrisons and Tesco's have pledged to stop selling plastic straws - Sainsbury's it's now your turn!  It is estimated that over 8.5 million straws are used in the UK alone and most of these will end up in our oceans! Few people actually realise that straws are amongst the top 10 items found during beach clean ups, and can be extremely dangerous to our marine life. Only this week a sperm whale was found on a Spanish beach with over 29 kilos of plastic in its stomach and blocking its digestive system. If we don't make a change now, by the year 2050 there will more plastic in the ocean than fish!  Petitions against restaurants and supermarkets like Tesco's, Morrisons and Wetherspoons has forced them to take the issue of plastic straws seriously. I think it is important to try and get as many companies as possible to commit to reducing the quantity of plastic straws being used everyday which is why I am calling on the UK's second largest supermarket chain: Sainsbury's to stop using plastic straws in their cafes and selling them in their store. Sainsbury's already sell biodegradable paper straws, and I believe if enough of us speak out we can force Sainsbury's to stop selling plastic straws completely.  Together, let’s save our oceans!

Rosie Copeland
97,501 supporters
Petitioning Dave Lewis, Mike Coupe, Rob Collins

End the Use of ‘Not Currently Recycled’ Plastic Packaging by Major UK Supermarkets

How much plastic do you bring home with each shopping?And how much of it can you actually recycle? From vegetables and fruits to pasta, rice and legumes, to freshly cut flowers, ice-lollies and toilet rolls – you name it  – majority of the packaging of products that we use on a daily basis still says that it is not currently recycled. How is this possible? Recycling systems differ across the UK and the not currently recycled symbol is used on products ‘when less than 20% of councils have household recycling collection facilities for that type of packaging in their area’.[1] However, it is ultimately up to the individual businesses to decide on the composition of their packaging. While many consumers want to be responsible and recycle, large companies must allow their customers to do so by using materials that are currently recycled across the country. Producing packaging that our society cannot deal with is completely unsustainable and extremely irresponsible. Giant companies that sell their own products wrapped in plastic packaging need to recognise their accountability and lead the way to a sustainable future. Let’s urge Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose and other major UK stores to change their packaging from [mostly] ‘not currently recycled’ materials to 100% recyclable or compostable packaging across their own ranges. Plastic should be recycled. Adults know it and kids are being taught so at schools. According to the British Plastic Federation, ‘the optimum recovery route for most plastic items at the ‘end-of-life’ is to be recycled, preferably back into a product that can then be recycled again and again and so on’. [2] But although recycling has generally increased over the last decade and despite the government saying that ‘retailers and their suppliers are encouraged to use materials that are widely collected for recycling’[3], the nature of plastic packaging found in our shops is still gloomy and consumers’ endeavour to recycle plastic is extremely limited. The UK uses over 5 million tonnes of plastic each year of which only an estimated 29% is currently being recovered or recycled. [4]While many of us are keen to recycle in order to save the environment, it is vital that the companies that make profit from selling products wrapped in plastic packaging do their part and reduce the amount of plastic destined to end up in landfill, starting with ditching all plastic that cannot currently be recycled. Earlier this year the government debated and failed to ban all non-recyclable/non-compostable packaging in the UK in reaction to a petition that received over 100, 000 signatures. It is therefore very clear that it is now up to us, the consumers,  to pressure retailers, manufacturers and the packaging industry into change.This petition aims to do just that. Please support it with your signature if you agree. Sources: [1] Recycle Nowhttps://www.recyclenow.com/recycling-knowledge/packaging-symbols-explained[2] British Plastic Federation http://www.bpf.co.uk//sustainability/Plastics_Recycling.aspx#1%20Plastics%20the%20Facts [3] UK Government  (in response to the petition ‘Ban all non-recyclable/non-compostable packaging in the UK’) https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/167596 [4] British Plastic Federation http://www.bpf.co.uk//sustainability/Plastics_Recycling.aspx#1%20Plastics%20the%20Facts

Veronika Blues
39,509 supporters
Petitioning sainsburys , Mike Coupe

Urge Sainsburys To Introduce "On The Go" Vegan Food To Their Stores

Sainsburys, Morrisons, Asda and others do not provide easily accessible "on the go" options for vegans in there stores across the UK. They also only provide limited options for vegetarians and those with food allergy's. Whilst stores such as Marks and Spencer and Tesco have already introduced vegan friendly options, some have yet to do so. As a vegan that regularly visits UK supermarkets in search of a quick meal, it is often difficult to find suitable options, especially at smaller stores. I feel that the introduction of vegan-friendly food would not only benefit people across the United Kingdom but also benefit supermarkets. Sainsburys has recently announced that the sale of their own brand vegan cheese surpassed expected sales by 300%, indicating that there are many potential customers across the UK. Please join me to help introduce options for everyone. Many Thanks, Jarvis

Jarvis Elson-Veale
3,606 supporters
Petitioning CEO Mike Coupe

Don't ditch Fairtrade!

For some years Sainsbury's have been at the fore of championing the Fairtrade mark on many of its consumer goods and clothes. Now they are planning to end their long-standing support for the internationally recognised mark in favour of a self-governed scheme. Fairtrade Foundation has built up a reputation with growers, producers and brand owners over 25 years, not to mention consumers. The mark is instantly recognisable and gives a clear message that the goods we buy meet an international standard of fairness and directly benefit communities of makers, growers and farmers around the world. No self-governed scheme, however well-intentioned, can hope to deliver the same consistency, recognition, and engender the same breadth of consumer confidence. Call on Sainsbury's and other major retailers to stand by the Fairtrade mark. It's clear, it's consistent, it's trusted, it has our confidence as consumers. Don't ditch Fairtrade!    

Phil Smithson
1,205 supporters
Petitioning Paul Polman, Alex Gorsky, Emma Walmsley, Ian Cook, Dave Lewis, Sean Clarke, Mike coupe, David Potts, Mark Price, Elizabeth Fagan, Jeremy Seigal

Introduce high street refill stations for toiletries to reduce plastic waste

We are writing to a number of major cosmetics companies and retailers to ask that you consider installing refill stations for some of your most popular toiletry products such as shampoos, conditioners and shower gels, in the larger branches of high street retailers and supermarkets. As you must already be aware, molecules once made into plastic, will never fully biodegrade. Waste plastic is becoming a serious problem in our oceans and in landfill, and even the most ecologically conscious production of plastic bottles can only ensure a limited number of times for each item to be recycled before it inevitably becomes unusable. The recent Plastic Free July initiative shows a growing awareness and concern amongst the shopping public that plastic needs to be reduced, and we ask that you make further efforts to reduce the amount of plastic you are responsible for with the installation of a number of trial refill stations. A number of companies such as Ecover, already offer a refill service in some shops around the country, so it is possible to do, we would just like to see the idea trialled to see if it might reduce plastic production, after all, we don’t think anyone foresaw quite how significant the take up would be for reusable shopping bags until a small charge was introduced. Thank you for your time.

Alex Townley
697 supporters
Petitioning Tesco CEO Dave Lewis, Sainsbury's CEO Mike Coupe, ASDA CEO Sean Clarke, Morrison's CEO David Potts,, Dave Lewis, Mike coupe, Sean Clarke, David Potts, Mark Price, Steve Rowe

For the big six supermarkets to introduce more vegan meal deals to their ranges.

For too long vegans and those who regularly choose to forgo animal products have been pushed away from the convenience and affordability of the great staple of British cuisine - the supermarket meal deal. Typically priced at £3, the meal deal is the spiritual king of the UK and its al-desko culture. Beyond the often sold-out falafel and humous wrap, options for vegans are non-existent. This campaign hopes not only to cater for the half a million plus Britons living a meat and dairy free lifestyle, but to make vegan options visible, approachable and affordable. With our country's shelves brimming with ethical alternatives, the inconvenient and alien perception of veganism will begin to lift, and many more may choose to opt for a more environmentally and animal friendly lifestyle.

Milo Boyd
618 supporters
Support Sainsbury's shop floor staff's working rights. We're NOT in the money

Thank you for taking the time to sign this petition - I understand why you signed given how our proposals were presented - and appreciate the opportunity to respond and explain what we are trying to do. Our proposals represent an investment of more than £100 million in our Sainsbury’s store colleagues. They would take our hourly rate of pay from £8.00 an hour to £9.20 an hour and would make us the highest paying retailer in the country. This means that more than 90% of Sainsbury’s store colleagues would get a pay rise. This follows four years of annual pay rises that mean we would pay colleagues 30% more in September 2018 than we did in September 2014. I am proud to have increased our base rate of pay by 30% during my time as Chief Executive. The aim of these changes is to make pay fair and consistent for everyone. At the moment we have colleagues working side-by-side in store, doing exactly the same job, but being paid different amounts, depending on when they started working for us. That doesn’t seem fair. So we are proposing to move everyone onto the same contract, with the same terms and conditions and an increased hourly rate – which means that the vast majority of colleagues get a pay rise. So why the backlash? I do appreciate that, while most colleagues will get a pay rise, there are some who won’t. Let me reassure you that we have thought very carefully about what to do about that. We have proposed top-up payments for an 18 month period to make sure that no colleague earns less than they do today. And at the end of that 18 months – in March 2020, we will review the hourly rate again. We are in the middle of consultation on these proposals with all of our colleagues – and we have made significant changes to our proposals as a result of feedback from our colleagues. For example, all London boroughs will now receive a location pay premium; we’ve increased the proposed pay for online drivers and increased the proposed pay for everyone who works between midnight – 5am. These are meaningful changes that will have a real impact on our colleagues’ pay and that will cost Sainsbury’s millions of pounds a year. But it’s been important to us that we listen throughout this process and respond to concerns along the way. The retail industry is changing quickly and every business is having to adapt, including Sainsbury’s. Ensuring our contracts are fair and consistent and paying our colleagues an industry-leading rate of pay so that they can give the best possible customer service is just one part of our plan. I hope this provides you with the reassurance that we are trying to do the right thing. Thank you again for taking the time to write to me.

1 week ago
Ban Disposable Plastic Straws in Sainsbury's

Thank you for contacting us to share your concerns about the impact plastics straws can have on the environment. We share your view that plastic is sometimes used unnecessarily in our industry, and we’ve been working to reduce our impact on the environment in a range of different ways for years – from reducing the amount of packaging we use and increasing our use of recycled materials, to investing in more recycling facilities at our supermarkets. We currently offer both plastic and paper straws but I can confirm we will be moving away from plastic, single use straws and looking to expand the paper and reusable options available in store over the next year. We are also taking the same approach in our cafes and moving away from single use, plastic straws. However, we understand this action alone is not enough, which is why we’re constantly reviewing the range of packaging, products and services available to our customers. We look forward to continuing to play our part and working with Government and industry in delivering a long-term strategy to boost recycling, reduce plastic and protect the environment. Best wishes, Mike Coupe Sainsbury’s CEO

4 weeks ago