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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
128,013 supporters
Petitioning Procter & Gamble, Lil-Lets , Essity , Kimberly-Clark, Tesco, Sainsbury, MORRISONS , aldi, Lidl, Superdrug, boots, The Co-Operative, Waitrose, Walmart

Make all Menstrual Products Plastic Free

Conventional period products contain up to 90% plastic and are constantly being manufactured, used for between 4-8 hours, disposed of and then take over 500 years to break down, meaning if Jane Austen had used them they would still be decomposing today! [1] They can enter rivers and oceans and end up on beaches. In fact, a report by the European Commission found that period items are the fifth most common waste washed up on beaches! This happens when they are incorrectly flushed down toilets, and shockingly 2.5 million tampons, 1.4 million pads and 700K pantyliners are flushed in the UK every single day! This pollutes and negatively impacts the environment and contributes to ocean plastic, which kills around 1 million sea birds and 100,000 sea mammals, marine turtles and countless fish yearly. Overtime their plastic content disintegrates into smaller pieces, known as micro-plastics and fibres, which pose a further threat to marine-life and ecosystems. [1,2] They also contribute to over 200,000 tonnes of landfill waste every year, however, any not sent to landfill may be incinerated with the potential to release toxins due to their high plastic and synthetic content. No matter where they end up, whether at the bottom of the sea, in landfill or on a beach, they will remain there for hundreds of years and pose constant danger to animals and birds. The adverse impact that single-use plastic is having on our health and the environment has been gaining huge media coverage, and because there are already so many companies out there producing eco-friendly versions it is obvious now more than ever that plastic is clearly not needed in period products. Therefore it is crucial that we bring about change so that these essential products are inflicting minimum damage.  This is why myself and over 107,000 supporters are calling on the companies and supermarkets manufacturing single-use period products to take responsibility for the environmental impacts they are having and to make change happen by going plastic-free! This petition covers menstrual pads/towels and tampons including their applicators, wrappers and packaging. Please sign, share and together let's break the plastic cycle, period!  Thank you for supporting the campaign! Ella #EndPeriodPlastic Campaign Features:  Huffpost (Why 2019 Needs to be the Year Plastic-Free Periods Go Mainstream: https://bit.ly/2MNQE8p Solihull Observer (Lil-Lets Demo): https://bit.ly/2GgTbae Forbes: https://bit.ly/2RyETUj Glamour (Year of the Plastic-free Period): https://bit.ly/2DjZojT i-D: https://bit.ly/2CfFaae Huffpost USA: https://bit.ly/2A1Kz35 Huffpost (Sainsbury's): https://bit.ly/2qnI6uU My Green Pod: https://bit.ly/2QaH8gH Vogue: https://bit.ly/2oWzlXT Glamour: https://bit.ly/2LtWp98 Wales Online: https://bit.ly/2LifRX4 Pebble: https://bit.ly/2maj93R The Ecologist: https://bit.ly/2RzlEd3 TOTM: https://bit.ly/2wdsYDC  WEN: https://bit.ly/2wdKK9K  References:                                                        [1] https://bit.ly/2pA6UPG  [2] https://bit.ly/2QwZQyV

Ella Daish
107,721 supporters
Petitioning Sainsbury, Tesco, Marks & Spencer, Lidl, Theresa May MP, Zac Goldsmith, aldi, MORRISONS, asda

Supermarkets : BAN all palm oil from own brand products

My name is Bella Lack and I'm a 15 year old conservationist determined to help cease the large-scale decimation of the rain forests in Borneo and Sumatra- which are home to the Orangutan (who share 97% of our DNA). Palm Oil: a ubiquitous oil found in over 50% of all packaged products on the supermarket shelves. It is packed into pizza, makeup, chocolate, margarine, shampoo, noodles, bread, crisps, detergent, ice cream and many more products... With 5 football fields of rainforest being cut down EVERY second, we simply cannot continue in this reckless and egocentric fashion. This trail of rampant destruction that we leave in our wake is driving species such as the orang-utan, Asian elephant, tigers, leopards and many more to extinction. Orangutans have endured life, unchanged and consistent in their home of rich greens and exoticism for over a million years. While we have enrolled in brutal battles, created flying machines and populated the world, sprawling across the continents, they have settled in the rain forests, being representatives and stewards of their home, dispersing seeds and ensuring the continuation of the forest, procreating, fabricating their families and perfecting the art of survival. All of this effort done composedly, with slow deliberate movements and resourceful, inventive minds, only for us to bulldoze into their home with acrid smoke and burning flames because we want some oil to add texture to our snacks... With the Orangutan predicted to go extinct within the next 10 years, we have no time to procrastinate.  Moreover, cutting down such large swathes of rainforest is a great contributor to climate change. Furthermore, isn't it time we realise that once all the trees are cut down and the animals have been driven to extinction, the money derived from our greed will be of no use. We will also go extinct unless we hurriedly make a concerted effort to shift our unsustainable approach. Last month, Iceland became the first UK supermarket to ditch palm oil from its own brand products. This was a commendable leap towards greater sustainability and has proved to consumers and other retail brands alike, that it is possible to eradicate this substance from products. It is possible for sustainable Palm Oil to be produced, however, at the moment, the line defining sustainability is blurry and undefined. It is unclear whether organisations that are supposed to be promoting sustainability have had much influence on what actually has been happening in the field as 'forests continue to be torn down and local people shunted to jail for protesting the taking of their land.' It's time that we ensure our voices as consumers are not disregarded. This is not a problem that we can delay until we have the resources available, we need to act NOW otherwise we will be left staring at barren deserts devoid of life, wondering where the richly-biodiverse forest went. (Furthermore, Palm Oil is so high in saturated fats that it increases your chance of developing metabolic disease, liver disease, and cardiovascular disease.  'Appetite for Destruction features the filmmaker, Michael Dorgan, participating in a groundbreaking new experiment, led by a group of Swedish scientists, in which they compare eating muffins containing large amounts of palm oil to eating muffins with an equal amount of sunflower oil each day. The relative impact on human health is surprising. In the film, Michael has a healthy 4.6 percent body fat when he starts the experiment. Just a few weeks into the study, after eating palm oil every day, his body fat jumps to 7.4 percent (nearly doubled), which adds two kilograms of fat to his body and results in a kilo of muscle loss.')

Bella Lack
84,122 supporters
Closed
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
45,943 supporters
Petitioning Tesco

Tesco - Let's see non-plastic water alternatives in your stores!

Hello. We’re sisters Amy and Ella Meek; we’re 14 and 12 years old. We founded our campaign Kids Against Plastic (after studying the UN’s Global Goals for Sustainable Development) to tackle the growing issue of plastic pollution. One of Kids Against Plastic's goals is to get UK supermarkets, like TESCO, to stock non-plastic water alternatives. Our petition has been started to give consumers the option to buy water packaged in more sustainable wrapping than single-use plastic bottles - an option we widely lack in the UK currently. But why avoid single-use plastic, in particular plastic bottles? Every day, the Earth's valuable and depleting virgin non-renewable resources are used in the manufacture of single-plastic bottles that are filled with water for sale in our supermarkets. These plastic bottles are having a catastrophic effect on the planet, as you've probably seen yourself in the news. They stay around on the planet FOREVER, never biodegrading, taking the lives of thousands of innocent sea creatures annually. The big bottled water players try to cover this up. They convince us that their bottles are made from recycled plastic. They're not - the 'fully recyclable' logo is a massive red-herring. Bottled water is widely unnecessary in the UK, due to our safe tap water. But, if environmentally conscious consumers want to purchase water from the supermarkets, they are not even given the option to make responsible choices. Yep, none of the main supermarket chains currently widely stock non-plastic bottled water alternatives, despite the fact that there are a growing number of reputable sources available: Vivid Water in a Box, Aquapax, CanO Water and Ugly Water. Instead, their shelves are full of row upon row of single-use plastic bottles.  So, let's make this change. Please don’t leave us – the future generation – with a problem on our hands that it is too late to fix. Make Tesco change now, and then others will follow. Thanks for reading, and for caring.

Kids Against Plastic
13,481 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 http://www.about.sainsburys.co.uk/discover-more/fairly-traded 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

2 years ago