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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
126,135 supporters
Petitioning Procter & Gamble, Premier, Essity , Kimberly-Clark, Tesco, Sainsbury, MORRISONS , aldi, Lidl, Superdrug, boots, The Co-Operative, Waitrose, Walmart

Make all Menstrual Products Plastic Free

Single-use 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] Menstrual products are amongst the top ten most common found objects on EU beaches, with The Marine Conservation Society finding 20 tampons and sanitary items per 100 metres of shoreline in their 2016 beach clean-up.  They can enter rivers, oceans and end up on beaches when incorrectly flushed, according to the IES 2.5 million tampons, 1.4 million sanitary towels and 700,000 pantyliners flushed down UK toilets every day! This litters and negatively affects our oceans and over time breaks down into micro-plastics that in turn get ingested by marine life. They also contribute to over 200,000 tonnes of landfill waste in the UK every year and if they are not put into landfill then they will be incinerated. [1,2] 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 105,000 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  Campaign Features: Vogue: Glamour:  Huffpost:  My Green Pod: Pebble: Wales Online: Bee Green: TOTM: WEN: The Ecologist: References:                                                        [1]  [2]

Ella Daish
106,519 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
83,947 supporters
Petitioning Tesco, Sainsbury, Waitrose , Lidl, Coop Food, Iceland, Marks & Spencer, asda, aldi, MORRISONS

Free the Banana: Say no to plastic packaging!

We at the Free the Banana movement want to ask the UK's major supermarkets to stop selling bananas in plastic packaging! We lie at a crossroads, where if we continue to use plastics to the degree we do, there will be more plastic than fish in the sea by 2050... Bananas do not belong in plastic bags! Their skins are their own natural wrappers, that protect the banana from damage; they come in bunches, so don't need a bag to aid their carrying or storage; and everyone can judge how ripe a banana is, so losing use-by dates would not be an issue. What's more, bananas sold in bags are more expensive per kilogram than loose ones! Need more convincing?  In the UK, every year we consume 5 billion bananas! That's roughly 10kg per person, or 20 bunches, or...1 billion bags of bananas! These plastic bags alone equate to just under 2,000 tonnes of plastic each year, or 165 full double-decker buses!  This must be stopped. Sign this petition and we can ask, as a nation, our supermarkets to make this simple and sustainable change to Free the Banana, and ditch pointless plastic packaging! Thank you,  Will     

William Farr
73,311 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
68,038 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
45,948 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
13,004 supporters
Petitioning Tesco, Sainsbury

Reduce plastic packaging in supermarkets

Every bit of synthetic plastic that's ever been produced is still somewhere on our planet. We have created a very close relationship with plastic; it’s in the fish we eat, and the water we drink. In 2016, the global production of plastics reached 335 million metric tons, with 60 million metric tons produced in Europe alone. Currently, there are 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic debris in the ocean, and it is predicted that by 2050, there will be more plastic than fish.  It is time to change our relationship with plastic... recycling is not enough. We need to reduce plastic production and consumption. Supermarkets need to be held accountable for the role they play in this cycle. Tesco, Sainsbury’s, let’s clear our oceans, and our bodies, by reducing the packaging on fruits and vegetables.  As responsible consumers and citizens, we demand all supermarkets take leadership by reducing plastic packaging for the prosperity, and survival of our living home: the planet!  Thank you

Sophie Janet
9,286 supporters
Petitioning Tesco, Sainsbury, Waitrose, wilkinsons, MORRISONS, Lidl, asda, boots, SUPERDRUGS , CO-OP, Iceland


Plastic bags - they are indestructible and everywhere.  They are littering our streets, blowing in the wind into our gardens, filling the oceans and killing the fish. Soon the world will fill with plastic.  Plastic that we cant get rid off.  Plastic that doesn't decompose, disintegrate or disappear.  We can't bury it. We cant burn it - it gives off toxic fumes. We cant fly it to space in a rocket.  WE WANT SUPERMARKETS TO SELL US NON PLASTIC BAGS AND BIN BAGS BIOBAGS Bags made of corn starch and other plant extracts making them 100% compostable and biodegradable. They are fully compliant with the European standard EN13432. They are strong, don't rip and are water proof. Best of all they are cheap. So what are we waiting for?  Why aren't the supermarkets stocking these biobags? Sing this petition so that the top supermarkets in this country from Sainsbury to Tesco, Morrisons, Lidl, ASDA, Co-op, Boots, Superdrugs as well as WH Smith and Wilkinsons stock these biobags. When you have signed the petition, tell all your friends about it - share on twitter and facebook - ask them to sign it

Sripurna Basu
8,875 supporters
Petitioning Sainsbury

Get Sainsbury's to ban plastic packaging in their bakery section

Get Sainsbury's to ban plastic bags and plastic packaging in their bakery section and replace them with paper bags.  It is time that we put pressure on companies that can really make a change!! Having plastic bags for bakery items is completely pointless and Sainsbury's needs bring in an alternative.  Too many of our animals are perishing due to plastic waste and we need to stand together and make sure that we do everything we can to help the planet that we live on and love so dearly.   

Petition for Change!
6,541 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

1 year ago