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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
101,523 supporters
Petitioning Sainsbury, MORRISONS, asda

Drop period prices by 5% and help to end Tampon Tax. Period!

320,000 amazing people have signed our petition to end Tampon Tax. In March 2016, we made history when the Parliament accepted a tampon-tax-ending amendment proposed by the amazing Paula Sherriff MP. Tampon Tax will now be axed by April 2018 at the very latest. That sucks. But We're on it. Supermarkets are joining our protest to ensure Tampon Tax ends in 2018. Both Tesco and Waitrose have pledged to drop the price of their period products (including tampons, sanitary pads and panty liners) by 5%. They're paying Tampon Tax so that we don't have to! This is HUGE! By dropping the price of period products, supermarkets help our protest against Tampon Tax, smash the period taboo and fight period poverty. Period! It would be amazing to see ASDA, Morrisons and Sainsbury's follow Tesco and Waitrose in dropping their period prices by 5% until the gov drop the tax. It's a small price for them for s short period of time but a huge help for the rest of the country. Period.  

Laura Coryton
66,546 supporters
Petitioning Tesco, asda, Sainsbury's, MORRISONS

Add a "Donate to Foodbank" option for Online Supermarket Shopping

Like many people short of time (also being disabled), I tend to opt for online shopping. I was thinking yesterday: "Wouldn't it be great if there was a "donate to food bank" option on supermarket websites?" I was forced into food poverty when I was young, as a result of a benefits sanction (where my income support was cut as a penalty). Having experienced what it is like not to know how you are going to pay for your next meal, I want to do what I can to help others that have ended up in a similar situation. I cannot imagine how people cope with a complete stop of income support, job seekers allowance or other benefits. Still in the UK today there are mums skipping dinner to feed their kids, and teens forced to pick between lunch and sanitary products. I know that Supermarkets try to offer us easy opportunities to help - I’ve seen food bank collection points in store. But the world is so much more digital now - wouldn’t it be fantastic if they offered this option online too?! I have tweeted this to Waitrose, Sainsbury's, Tesco, Asda and Morrisons: Sainsbury's and Morrisons have both got back to me to say they think this a really interesting idea and that they'll look into it. I think we enough public support we can convince them to do it! I wanted to set up this petition to show the supermarkets there are lots of people out there who support this. And I am sure it would massively increase donations to food banks. One day, food banks will hopefully be a thing of the past. At least, that's my hope. In the meantime,  all I can do is try to help increase donations and make  it easier for other people to do so. So, if you think this is a good idea, please add your name to my petition.  And supermarkets (Tesco, Asda, Morrisons and Sainsbury's) this is YOUR consumers asking you to please please, help us help others, by adding a “donate to food bank button” onto your websites.

Caroline Macdonald
45,740 supporters
Petitioning Sainsbury

Supermarkets: Stop using plastic bags, reduce waste, protect our environment & wildlife.

Collectively we use and discard over 1 TRILLION plastic bags each year, they take 1000s of years to decay, they are the second most common ocean waste (cigarette butts being the first) and they harm thousands of species of ocean wildlife each year (In each square mile of ocean there is estimated to be 40,000+ pieces of plastic floating!). When I was a child in Bangladesh, a bottle of Coca Cola cost 14 Taka, if you returned the bottle you would receive 7 Taka back. The problem of pollution from such bottles was solved almost overnight. The poor collected them, customers drank outside the store and returned the bottle and some companies employed people to collect the bottles in return for an income. I'm asking all major supermarkets to stop using cheap plastic bags altogether.  In time, better, environmentally friendly alternatives will be used. Supermarkets should encourage people with better incentives to reuse more environmentally friendly bags. The 5p charge for bags has had good results, but our bins are still full of bags, as are our oceans.  Though a small part of the solution, biodegradable plastics are not the answer, they require certain environmental conditions to break down and contain within them toxic chemicals. They also linger in the seas and on land for hundreds of years before breaking down. As a lover of wildlife and our green spaces, I cannot stress the importance of such a campaign. The ubiquitous problem of plastic in our rivers, canal systems and eventually in our seas will not be solved by these biodegradable plastics. They simply do not break down as easily as previously thought and this is not a sustainable alternative to reducing plastic production and recycling. For a long time we thought this was the answer, but we must accept we were wrong. The production of plastic exceeded 300m tonnes in 2014 and this figure is expected to rise to over 2000m tonnes by 2050.  The effects are far reaching and complex, but we've all seen moorhen and coot nests piled high with rubbish, beautiful sea creatures trapped in plastic, albatross and all forms of sea life dying due to consumption of plastics in one form or another. That's the clearly visible bit, far worse damage is done at a microbial level. This is not mere rhetoric, microbial epidemiology and pollution genomics show startling levels of pollution on land and in our oceans. Ask yourself a simple question: "Do I want my children growing up in a world where pollution is the norm? Where, despite all our efforts to feed them healthy, naturally sourced foods, we expose them to unnecessary pollutants. Pollutants that cause cancer among several other ailments and illnesses. I grew up being educated by the programmes of Sir David Attenborough. I want my daughter to grow up in a better, cleaner world. I want her to watch the same programmes as I did and thank those who worked towards saving this beautiful blue and green planet we call home. I want her to see the world the same as it was, the world shown to us in the wildlife documentaries I've watched my entire life. I want her to see the campaigns fought and the positive results. I want her to see the wishes of Sir Attenborough and like minded people, yourselves included, come true. This should be a common concern of all mankind. Please take ten seconds to sign and share my petition.    

Moyn AlIslam
4,457 supporters
Petitioning Sainsbury's

Save Giraffes with profits from Giraffe Bread

Today, giraffes were put on the endangered species list. There are fewer than 100,000 left. A few years ago, Sainsbury's started selling giraffe bread, after a three year old wrote them a letter pointing out that tiger bread looks way more like a giraffe than a tiger. They agreed, and changed the name. They've called it giraffe bread ever since. Now, giraffes need our help. I think Sainsbury's should donate a month's profits on giraffe bread to the Giraffe Conservation Foundation to help make sure these wonderful animals don't go extinct.  

Russell Warfield
1,904 supporters
Petitioning Sainsbury's,

Sainsbury's please do more to support your loyal allergy customers

#sainsburysmaycontainnuts. Living with food allergies is extremely difficult. As a mum with a young child who has severe allergies to peanuts, treenuts, milk and egg, I know first hand how much of an impact living with food allergies has on your day to day life. I know first hand the challenges my daughter faces - I have lost count of the times she has missed out or been excluded because food has not been safe. In nursery, in school, at birthday parties or other functions. Eating out is a mine field. As is booking holidays. Nothing is simple.  So you can imagine how wonderful it is to find safe foods that are not only healthy and nutritious but also tasty. My daughter is 7. Like ever other 7 year old she loves cream, sweeties, chocolates and desserts. She likes cereals just like the ones that her friends eat. She doesn't like to stand out. We work hard at providing her with a balanced diet, but it can be extremely difficult at times. Reading every label in every shop is not only time consuming, but it is also so disheartening - checking a packet while an excited 7 year old watches you, only to tell them that, no, this isn't safe, is heartbreaking. It’s not just about having a treat, it’s about inclusion, feeling normal…not sticking out. We all know what that feels like don’t we? In the UK, it is estimated that 1-2% of adults and 5-8% of children have a food allergy. This equates to around 2 million people living in the UK with a food allergy and this figure does not include those with food intolerances. This means the actual number of affected people living with a food allergy and/or food intolerance is considerably more. We know that food allergies are on the rise and that more people than ever before are affected by them.  So, why then is is becoming increasingly difficult to shop for safe foods? Why is it that so many foods that we previously ate safely are no longer considered to be safe for us? Why is it that retailers are not taking food allergy customers into consideration when making decisions in relation to where they produce products. Why is it that more and more we are seeing the statement "may contain nuts" appear on products which DO NOT contain nuts? Products that were once safe, but are no longer, because retailers are not taking the time to think about the implication of their decisions on a group of customers who are affected by allergies, specifically to peanuts and treenuts.  Sainsbury's is one of the UK's largest food retailers and for many years has been seen by allergy communities as being "allergy friendly" - it was viewed as a supermarket that you could trust to label well (using the term "may contain" when there is a genuine risk) and also as a supermarket where there were lots of options for peanut and treenuts allergy sufferers, as well as many other allergy sufferers. Their Free From section was excellent, providing a selection of products that were safe for people with multiple allergies. We have always relied on the free from chocolate range. However, over the past few months, customers have started to find that products that have been safe for many years are no longer safe - breakfast cereals, desserts, breads and the free from chocolate range, are no longer safe because they now carry a "may contain nuts warning".  As far as I am aware, Sainsbury's have changed the labelling on so many products because they now have new suppliers and the products are now being produced in factories where there is a risk of cross contamination. While we are grateful that Sainsbury's are labelling for this risk, we are extremely disappointed that Sainsbury's have taken the decision to make these changes without taking into consideration the large group of loyal allergy customers who not only enjoy their products, but rely on them to provide their families with a balanced diet.  My little girl is devastated that so many of the products that she was once able to eat safely are no longer an option for her. And I know that we are not alone.  To make matters worse, Sainsbury's are no longer responding to correspondence in relation to this issue. They are ignoring their loyal customers. At a time when we need clarity about what is happening and also additional information about the new allergy advice, as a group we are being ignored. We are not even clear which nuts are presenting a risk in the new production sites.  I am calling on Sainsbury's to reconsider the changes that they have recently made. I do not underestimate the time and cost involved in changing suppliers. However, as a parent to a young child with severe, life threatening, allergies, I am asking that you consider the impact that this change has had on a large number of your loyal customers.   

Emma Bilsland
1,266 supporters
Petitioning Category Director / Senior Buyer (Newspapers) - Tesco, Category Director / Senior B, Category Director / Senior Buyer (Newspapers) - Asda, Category Director / Senior Buyer (Newspapers) - Sainsbury'...

For supermarkets to remove the Daily Mail & Mail on Sunday from their shelves

This petition is co-sponsored by: Sarah O'Connell - Stephanie Hirst - Jake Graf - Paris Lees - Fox Fisher - Kate O'Donnell The last few weeks have seen the Daily Mail group sink to new depths in their quest to sell papers and gain advertising revenue. They have embarked on a relentless campaign attacking one of the most vulnerable sectors of our society; transgender children and their families, and the charity Mermaids which exists to support them. The Daily Mail group have systematically sought to undermine and discredit the amazing work that Mermaids does by branding them 'bullies', while simultaneously making personal attacks on Susie Green, Its CEO. They have also sought to vilify mothers for supporting their transgender children while petitioning to eradicate any sort of representation of trans children within the media, under the guise that a CBBC online show featuring the story of a trans child is 'dangerous'. Much of this reporting has been based on the hearsay, social media gossip, and personal vendettas of individual people who are either transphobic, uneducated on trans issues, or with their own personal agenda. As a community, the Transgender, LGBT and society of decent minded people will no longer tolerate this sort of vitriol and hatred towards a small group of individuals who are being persecuted for their very existence, when all they want to do is live their lives in peace and happiness. We stand with Mermaids! We therefore demand that Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury's, Morrisons, Co op and Waitrose remove The Daily Mail & The Mail on Sunday from their shelves. This is not to curtail free speech, but in the same way that as a society we do not accept racism, we will not tolerate hateful journalism which strives to flout equality legislation and guidelines. We wish to protect the vulnerable, the young generation, and the general public, from the negative influence of the Daily Mail Groups insidious and hate peddling reporting, by removing their papers from the public domain. For those who wish, The Mail can continue to be viewed online for free, but our public spaces must be free from hate. Please sign the petition & share on social media’ requesting directly to all the supermarket retailers named above that they publicly demonstrate their support for protecting the vulnerable, the young, and the morally decent, by removing these vile hate-filled rags from our public spaces.  Please also demonstrate your unhappiness to any business advertising within The Mail Group publications by publicly naming them on social media and requesting they remove their advertising from such hate-pedalling propaganda. #TransformNews #StandWithMermaids Finally, if you are able, please support the amazing Mermaids charity by donating on their fund-raising page, so they can continue their brilliant work supporting and protecting trans children and their families by donating on the Mermaids MyDonate Page

Transform News
926 supporters
Petitioning Sainsbury's

Bring back support for Denton Cat Rescue

Denton Cat Rescue relies on the support that Sainsbury's Newhaven branch provides, from the basket for food donations to the monthly collections in their entrance. Sainsbury's has now told us that the food basket will be removed, so no kind shoppers can chose to donate food on their way out, and we will only be allowed one collection a year to raise money. This is not fair as there are always cats in our care who need veterinary care and we will not be able to afford it, nor will we be able to cover the cost of food. Without these vital donations, we will be forced to close down after six years of hard work unless we find alternate means of funding soon.   Please help us save the rescue!

Denton Cat Rescue
765 supporters
Petitioning Sainsbury, Tesco, John Lewis Partnership

Ban the sale of 5p plastic bags in supermarkets and provide biodegradable alternative

The five pence charge was introduced to combat the environmental challenge of plastic waste disposal. It has provided us with a step in the right direction, however, if the focus of this campaign is on helping the environment why are the five pence still plastic, some even thicker plastic than before. The five pence bags should be biodegradable and this material sourced sustainably. This petition demands that these plastic offerings are changed to recycled paper or likewise.

Sarah May-Pilcher
609 supporters
Petitioning Tesco, MORRISONS, asda, Sainsbury's, CO-OP, aldi, Lidl, Waitrose, Ocado, Marks & Spencer

Stop Using E904 Shellac Wax On Fruit!

A lot of the fruit and veg on the shelves at your local supermarket are not vegan or vegetarian friendly... Shocking, I know, to find out that your plant based diet cannot include fruit because it's coated with shellac! Many vegetables and all fruits produce their own waxy coating. This natural plant wax, inhibits mould growth; slows down the natural degradation of the fruit; reduces the loss of moisture; and provides a physical barrier that protects the fruit from some microorganisms. This natural wax is often wholly or partially removed once harvested fruits and vegetables have been washed. The plants' own wax is often replaced by shellac (E904) which is a resin secreted by the female lac bug. However there are plant derived alternatives, such as carnauba wax, and some supermarkets stock unwaxed fruits but they are hard to come across. As a vegan, I personally feel that all animal products are unnecessary. But not being able to eat plants whilst having a strictly plant based diet is completely silly! So I'm asking all supermarkets to switch over to plant based waxes/unwaxed, to label the ingredients of the coating on the fruit (if any), and to start labelling their fruit as non-vegan/suitable for vegans. Image source:Information print screened from: of female lac bug:

Isobella DeMartino
589 supporters
Sainsbury’s: don’t ditch Fairtrade!

Thank you for contacting us about our Fairly Traded pilot on tea and the very important issue of how best to support our farmers, growers and their communities across the world. Firstly, you may be surprised to hear that I’m pleased so many of you have signed this petition. It shows the strength of feeling that exists for businesses to source ethically and sustainably. I also welcome the opportunity to respond and set the record straight. At Sainsbury’s ethical and sustainable sourcing has always been, and remains, at the heart of our business. We believe we have a responsibility to our farmers, their families and communities to provide them with the very best long-term support to build strong and resilient businesses and continuously improve their quality of life. And we don’t just say this. We act on it – day in, day out, by always listening to our farmers to understand their views and concerns and by always seeking to stay ahead of issues and develop new approaches where we believe they will create positive impact. Major concerns for our farmers today include the increasing impact of climate change on their crops, intensifying global competition, geo-political uncertainty and being disconnected from the end market for their crops. These are severely affecting their businesses and communities and put their quality of life at risk. In response to these escalating concerns we announced a new pilot project in May, called Fairly Traded, a trial which involves working closely with our tea farmers and their communities in East Africa to see if we can together better address these issues with a new approach – an approach that remains based on the 10 principles of Fair Trade but builds on existing models. The pilot approach will deliver the same or more financial benefits as those offered under the Fairtrade model, including an absolute guarantee of the minimum price and matched level of social premium for farmers to invest in their businesses and communities – but crucially, it also provides new benefits, such as long-term commitments of up to 3 years as well as access to enhanced data, information and expert support on the ground – tailored to their individual needs. If you would like to know more about how Fairly Traded works just visit But also please allow me to directly address the questions and concerns raised by this petition: • Firstly, we’re not making any more money because of this change. The pilot will be cost neutral and, if anything, will cost Sainsbury’s more to operate. Our customers will also see no change in the price of tea. However our farmers, their families and communities will see significant extra benefits and support. And that’s what truly matters. • All of our farmers involved in the pilot are wholly supportive. They can see the potential benefits of the combination of increased funding and additional support that our scheme will provide. If you see criticism of the pilot from farmers, I can assure they are not farmers who supply Sainsbury’s and as such are not farmers involved in the pilot scheme. • It’s also really important to state that we’re guaranteeing our farmers exactly the same level of funding as the existing scheme, and we expect to increase this funding further. The way the application process has been described is also misleading. As you would expect the scheme has safeguards in place to ensure that this funding is received by those it is intended for, but it is absolutely our farmers’ money for them to invest in their businesses and communities. No funding is being removed – if anything it will increase. • We’ve also had some questions about the Standards we are working to. These have been co-authored by leading Standards agency, SAI Global, and peer-reviewed by 50 independent experts. Our Standards will be independently audited by NSF International to the highest levels and we will publish the results annually. This goes beyond the requirements of the existing Fairtrade model. • We have been discussing this pilot with the Fairtrade Foundation for over two years and have always sought to collaborate on the development programme. Our door remains open to our long-standing partner to further discuss working together on the pilot for the best interests of our farmers, their families and communities. We remain the world’s biggest retailer of Fairtrade products. • Farmers in the developing world are facing unprecedented challenges. More of the same just isn’t enough anymore. As our ambition is to go above and beyond what farmers, their families and communities currently receive, isn’t it a positive step to try something new? Our pilot is exactly that, a pilot, and testing a new approach cannot be a bad thing. The work we’re doing is based on 10 plus years of experience with our Farm Development Groups in the UK and through our Fair Development Fund work with Comic Relief. I would urge you to wait to see what results we can deliver before making judgments. • One final point, we do not pretend to have all the answers to the complex issues that our farmers and growers are facing. But we do have their full support to launch this trial and test what can be done to provide an even better future for some of the world’s poorest communities. I think it must be recognised that the easy choice by far in these resource constrained times would be for Sainsbury’s to maintain the status quo. But, put simply, we don’t see more of the same as an option in the face of the escalating challenges facing our farmers and their communities. That’s why we’ve launched our Fairly Traded tea pilot, and that’s why we ask to be judged on our results. Best wishes, Mike Coupe Group Chief Executive Sainsbury's PLC

4 months ago