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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
302,315 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
128,457 supporters
Petitioning Jean Tomlin, Mike Coupe, martin scicluna

"Not CURRENTLY Recycled" Not good enough.

Make ALL Sainsbury's food packaging recyclable.  I am tired of reading 'NOT CURRENTLY RECYCLED' on the packaging of my local Sainsbury's. I want to see that all packaging I buy can be recycled.  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 Sainsbury’s, and by doing so also Tesco and 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] Sainsbury's are a group that pride themselves on Corporate Responsibility. It is even in the description on their top Management's Job Titles. How great would it be if Sainsbury's set the bar by publically announcing that ALL their packaging would become recyclable? Let's let them know that we do not want pollutive non-recyclable plastics clogging up our landfills and oceans.  Please sign and make a difference. Thanks, Rob

Robert Sheehan
5,565 supporters
Petitioning Dave Lewis, Christian Haller, Mike Coupe, Charlotta Szczepanowski, Åsa Domeij, Maria Smith, Press Group Carrefour, CSR Group Lidl, Veronika Pountcheva, Susan Iliefski-janols, Jim Bath, Virginie Helias


ENGLISH | GERMAN | FRENCH | SWEDISH Saviez-vous que des études ont révélé la présence de dioxines dangereuses dans des couches pour bébés, et que les tampons hygiéniques peuvent libérer des substances chimiques toxiques que l’organisme humain met des années à éliminer ? Le problèmeUn grand nombre des couches pour bébés et tampons hygiéniques actuellement commercialisés dans nos supermarchés sont blanchis avec du dioxyde de chlore. Or, ce procédé peut produire des dioxines, des composés chimiques cancérigènes associés à l’apparition de cancers et à des problèmes de santé tels que l’infertilité. C’est la raison pour laquelle l’Organisation Mondiale de la Santé a classé les dioxines parmi les substances les plus toxiques au monde. En quoi est-ce grave ?Récemment, plusieurs études ont fait état de niveaux alarmants de dioxines dans des couches pour bébés et tampons de grandes marques. En janvier 2019, l’agence de sécurité sanitaire française (Anses) a confirmé, dans un rapport d’analyses, la présence de traces d’herbicides et d’autres substances potentiellement toxiques dans des couches pour bébés. En réponse, les fabricants affirment que les niveaux détectés sont trop faibles pour représenter un risque sanitaire. S’ils sont dans le vrai, pourquoi le gouvernement français lui-même les a-t-il appelés, en s’appuyant sur le rapport de l’Anses, à éliminer ces substances ? Le problème, c’est que ces produits entrent en contact avec les parties les plus intimes de notre corps. Saviez-vous que la capacité d’absorption de substances toxiques par la voie vaginale est de 10 à 80 fois plus élevée que par la voie orale ? Saviez-vous que les dioxines absorbées par de jeunes enfants risquent d’affecter leur fonction hépatique et leurs niveaux d’hormones thyroïdiennes, voire de provoquer des déficits d’apprentissage ? De fait, ces substances dangereuses ne devraient jamais entrer en contact avec notre peau ou nos muqueuses. Il existe une alternative plus sûre, que nous devons réclamer ! Les couches, tampons et autres produits d'hygiène intime comme les serviettes et le papier toilette n’ont pas besoin d’être blanchis au dioxyde de chlore. Il existe un procédé bien plus sûr, qui n’utilise pas de chlore et n’est pas toxique : le procédé de blanchiment totalement sans chlore (TCF). Malheureusement, la plupart des fabricants ne se sont pas convertis à ce procédé. Pour que cela change, il est essentiel que de plus en plus de citoyens soient sensibilisés aux risques de santé associés à ces produits et réclament des alternatives non toxiques. 5 RAISONS POUR LESQUELLES VOUS DEVEZ ARRÊTER DE PRODUIRE DES PRODUITS D’HYGIÈNE TOXIQUES MAINTENANT.  Les dioxines sont des composés très persistants : cela prend 7 à 11 ans à l’organisme pour éliminer seulement la moitié des dioxines qu’il absorbe. La capacité d’absorption de substances toxiques par la voie vaginale est bien plus importante (10 à 80 fois plus élevée) que par la voie orale. Classées parmi les substances les plus dangereuses au monde, les dioxines ne devraient jamais entrer en contact avec des zones aussi fragiles que le vagin d’une femme ou la peau d’un bébé.  Les scientifiques manquent de données sur les effets d’une exposition directe et cumulée à ces toxines sur les muqueuses intimes. Cela fait près de trente ans que de meilleurs procédés de blanchiment existent : dans ce contexte, il n’est pas admissible que nous continuions d’être exposés à des composés toxiques. Nous exigeons des fabricants et des supermarchés qu’ils agissent ! Nous en appelons aux fabricants internationaux de ces produits, parmi lesquels Essity, Procter&Gamble et Kimberly-Clark, pour qu’ils proposent des alternatives sans chlore et non toxiques aux consommateurs. Nous exigeons également des grandes chaînes de distribution européennes – Aldi, Auchan, Lidl, Carrefour, Coop, Leclerc, Tesco, Sainsbury ́s, Metro et les autres – qu’elles commercialisent des produits d’hygiène intime sans toxines. Signez la pétition afin d’exiger d’eux qu’ils fabriquent et commercialisent des couches, tampons, serviettes hygiéniques, serviettes et autres produits d’hygiène qui n’auront pas été blanchis avec des composés chlorés. SIGNER LA PÉTITION LA PARTAGER #myclosestenemyCette pétition est proposée par 'My Closest Enemy'  Retrouvez-nous sur -Notre site Web @myclosestenemy Facebook @My Closest EnemyTwitter @MCE_Campaign

My Closest Enemy
82,458 supporters
Petitioning Indian Parliament, Vegan Society, Dominic rabb MP, Liz Truss MP, Philippines parliament, Indonesian Parliament, Sri Lankan Government, Vietnam Parliament, Myanmar parliament, Import coconuts, Unite...

End Monkey Cruelty and labour: Stop captive, abused Monkeys being used to pick coconuts

We have reached over 300 signatures! I can't thank you all enough <3 I am so happy that 200 more people know this is going on and can help stop this barbaric and medieval practice  Monkeys are being used to pick coconuts all over Asia. This must stop! We need to lobby the governments, importers and retailers of coconuts to firstly raise awareness of the use of animal labour to show this isn’t acceptable to the general public.  Supermarkets must stop selling these products in the UK, Europe and North America. Eventually, supermarkets must stop selling these coconuts globally so monkeys are no longer condemned to a life of misery and this practice is ended forever.   PLEASE SIGN AND SHARE THIS WITH YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS. WHETHER THEY SUPPORT THIS CAUSE OR NOT THEY SHOULD KNOW HOW THEIR FOOD IS PRODUCED. Remember this isn't just coconuts themselves but coconut milk, and by-products used in curries, cakes, biscuits. Also, remember coconut milk is used as a replacement for dairy in vegan products.   For many vegans eating food produced without harming animals is a priority and the main reason for their lifestyle choice. Coconut milk is often used as a dairy replacement and therefore being able to verify coconuts are cruelty-free is essential. The aims of this petition: the UK bans all imports of coconuts picked by monkeys The EU bans all imports of coconuts picked by monkeys North America bans imports of coconuts picked by monkeys The vegan society and vegetarian society certify coconuts and coconut products picked by humans   All UK supermarkets stop the sales of coconuts picked by monkeys Supermarkets globally must stop selling these coconuts and using them in their products Lobby Asian government for tighter animal cruelty legislation and to retire animals in work  The UK, EU and North American governments  should lobby Asian countries to outlaw this practice   Top producers of coconuts:                                       Production in tonnes 1.Indonesia                  21.566 million 2. Philippines                 15.67 million 3. India                           10.2 million 4. Sri Lanka                     2.099 million  5. Brazil                            1.973 million 6. Thailand                     1.38 million 7. Vietnam                        1.128 million 8. Mexico.                        1.005 million  9 Papua New Guinea.      0.93 million 10 Tanzania                       0.577 million  Indonesia, Cambodia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Laos and China are also among countries use Monkeys to pick coconuts   I have moved back from Asia recently and many Thai people care deeply for animals. But often plantations have several monkeys and it is normal to keep monkeys as pets in cages and on chains in rural areas. Often Asian citizens struggle to make a change due to governments dismissing the use of animals in the industry as traditional, cultural and normal. There just isn't the legislation in place and when there is it is lax legislation where words like 'cruelty' are not defined. This means there are never, or very rarely prosecutions. Coconuts are a big export product and in Thailand, for example, you see people selling coconuts everywhere. Often owners of big plantations have local political connections so things don't change- there are too many financial interests involved. We live in a global age and we can support our friends in Asia by showing our disapproval by petitioning and stopping supermarkets in the UK selling these coconuts and coconut products. Many won't even by aware animal labour is used. If European and American companies stop buying these products then things will change. A BIG PART OF THIS CAMPAIGN IS EDUCATION FOR INDIVIDUALS, COMPANIES AND GOVERNMENTS. Let's get this on the radar of those in power as an issue the public care about and want to see recognised and changed.  AND CHANGE IS POSSIBLE-Elephants have been retired from logging in Thailand so the more who sign the petition the better the chances we have to show governments and companies we don't want unethical products made with cruelty    A good resource to learn more can be found here: Nathan J. Winograd states: 'Agile and adept climbers, pig-tailed macaques are acquired as infants by trainers who find them in the wild, shoot their mothers to steal the baby primates, chain them by the neck and train them to climb trees and pick coconuts through the use of terrible brutality. They are trained into submission with whips and beatings. This includes forcing the monkeys to develop strong back leg muscles so that they can stand upright, an unnatural position for these animals, by hanging them by their neck for hours, even overnight, to develop strength.' Please be careful with the products you buy. Monkeys are intelligent creatures and deserve better than this  further info can be found : Coconuts aren't vegan:   Please sign the petition to raise awareness and help end this barbaric practice. I WILL BE MAKING A PETITION ON THE UK GOV WEBSITE AS THIS IS SUCH AN IMPORTANT YET IGNORED TOPIC. PLEASE KEEP SIGNING  

Charlotte Mackenzie
3,587 supporters
Petitioning Dave Lewis, Christian Haller, Mike Coupe, Charlotta Szczepanowski, Åsa Domeij, Maria Smith, Press Group, CSR Group Lidl, Veronika Pountcheva, Susan Iliefski-janols, Jim Bath, Virginie Helias


ENGLISH | GERMAN | FRENCH | SWEDISH Wusstest du, dass mehrere Studien ergaben, dass Windeln gefährliche Dioxine enthalten? Oder dass Tampons gefährliche Chemikalien in den menschlichen Körper freisetzen, die Jahre brauchen, um abgebaut zu werden? Wo liegt das Problem?Viele der Windel- und Tamponprodukte, die in Supermärkten verkauft werden, wurden mit Chlordioxiden gebleicht. Dieser Bleichprozess kann Dioxine freisetzen, eine Gruppe karzinogener Stoffe die mit Krebs und anderen Gesundheitsproblemen, wie Unfruchtbarkeit, in Zusammenhang stehen. Dioxin wurde von der Weltgesundheitsorganisation (WHO) als einer der giftigsten Stoffen eingestuft. Wie ernst ist es?Jüngste Studien deckten alarmierende Mengen an Dioxinen in bekannten Windel- und Tamponmarken auf. Im Januar 2019 veröffentlichte die französische Regierung ein Bericht, der den Fund von Unkrautvernichtern und anderen potenziell giftigen Stoffen in Babywindeln bestätigt. Die Hersteller dieser Produkte behaupten, dass der gefundene Gehalt zu gering sei um Gesundheitsrisiken zu bergen. Warum hat dann die französische Regierung die Hersteller und Händler dazu aufgerufen, diese Stoffe zu beseitigen? Diese Produkte werden an den intimsten Stellen des menschlichen Körpers getragen. Wusstest du, dass die Vagina der Frau giftige Chemikalien in viel größeren Mengen aufnehmen kann - 10 bis 80 mal mehr - als bei einer oralen Einnahme? Oder dass Dioxine bei Kindern die Leberfunktion und den Hormongehalt der Schilddrüse beeinträchtigen können und Lernschwächen hervorrufen können? Solch gefährliche Dioxine sollten nicht mit Haut oder Gewebe in Berührung kommen. Es gibt sicherere Alternativen - fordere sie ein! Die gute Nachricht ist, dass Windeln, Tampons und andere Hygieneartikel, wie Servietten und Toilettenpapier, nicht mit Chlordioxiden gebleicht werden müssen. Es gibt einen weitaus sichereren Bleichvorgang, der komplett chlor- und schadstofffrei ist. Es wird absolut chlorfreies Bleichen (Totally Chlorine Free, TCF) genannt. Die meisten Hersteller wenden TCF noch nicht an, doch das wird sich ändern, je mehr Menschen von den mit diesen Produkten verbundenen Gesundheitsrisiken Kenntnis erlangen und schadstofffreie Alternativen einfordern. 5 GRÜNDE WARUM WIR JETZT SCHADSTOFFHALTIGEN HYGIENEPRODUKTEN EINHALT GEBIETEN MÜSSEN. Dioxine sind langlebig. Es braucht 7-11 Jahre um gerade mal 50 % des Dioxingehalts in deinem Körper zu beseitigen. Die Vagina kann 10 bis 80-mal mehr giftige Chemikalien aufnehmen als bei einer oralen Einnahme. Dioxin ist als eines der gefährlichsten Stoffe der Welt eingestuft und sollte nicht mit sensiblen Körperstellen wie der Vagina oder Babyhaut in Berührung kommen. Der Beweis für die direkte und kumulative Einwirkung dieser Schadstoffe auf intimes Körpergewebe steht noch aus. Seit fast mehr als 30 Jahren gibt es bessere Arten zu bleichen. - warum also werden wir noch immer giftigen Stoffen ausgesetzt? Daher fordern wir von Herstellern und Supermärkten ein zu handeln. Wir drängen Produktherstellern, wie Essity, Procter&Gamble und Kimberly-Clark, Kunden absolut chlor- und schadstofffreie Alternativen anzubieten. Ebenso fordern wir von einigen von Europas größten Einzelhandelsketten - Aldi, Lidl, ICA, Axfood, Carrefour, Coop, Texco, Sainsbury, Metro und einigen anderen - den Kunden sicherere Hygieneartikel anzubieten, die frei von Giftstoffen sind. Unterschreibe die Petition und rufe sie dazu auf Windeln, Tampons, Wattepads, Servietten und andere aus Papier hergestellte Hygieneartikel zu führen, die nicht mit Chlor gebleicht wurden und schadstofffrei sind. UNTERSCHREIBE DIESE PETITIONBITTE TEILEN #myclosestenemy Diese Petition wurde von 'My Closest Enemy' gestartet. Besuche uns aufWebsite Instagram @myclosestenemyFacebook @My Closest EnemyTwitter @MCE_Campaign

My Closest Enemy
82,458 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.

4 years 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 years ago