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Petition to Mike Coupe Sainsbury’s Group Chief Executive, Sainsbury

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
99,050 supporters
Started 1 year ago

Petition to Attraction managers

Asking the UK's top tourist attractions to switch their souvenir chocolate to Fairtrade

Let’s make this the last summer of unfair tourist chocolate sold in UK attractions. The problem UK Tourist attractions usually have a shop selling a souvenir chocolate bar with a picture or the name of the attraction on the wrapper. Back in 2014 not a single tourist souvenir bar on sale was made from certified Fairtrade chocolate. In 2014 it became possible for all tourist attractions to have high quality Fairtrade tourist souvenir bar produced. Attractions were invited to make the switch. Two years on only a handful of attractions have a fair tourist bar even though it costs the same as non-Fairtrade versions. The solution - Fair Tourism Bar Campaign It’s time that the UK's top tourist attractions switched their souvenir chocolate to a certified Fairtrade blend. The Fair Tourism Bar Campaign will achieve this change - aiming to make this the last summer of unfair tourist chocolate sold in UK attractions.  It can be done. Customers did something similar in the 1980's by putting pressure on supermarkets and convincing them to stock Fairtrade products or switch their own brands to Fairtrade.   Join the campaign Please sign our petition. We are aiming for 10,000 names- help us reach our target and share the petition on social media. We will send the petition to those who manage the UK’s top attractions. Please nominate an attraction at the campaign website Write, message or Facebook your favorite attraction asking them to make the switch to fair tourist bars.  Common objections to switching It’s too expensive - But we have made Fairtrade the same cost as non Fairtrade. The chocolate is not very good - We use Belgian Chocolate, the best in the world some say ! It's difficult to order Fairtrade stuff - we have a fast track system to get bars produced. Not convinced , our chocolate is already fair - the Fairtrade mark can only be used on chocolate when the growers of the sugar and cocoa have received a fair price, along with a cash bonus for their work and met environmental standards. It’s not Fairtrade if there is no Fairtrade logo. It’s not part of our plan, no one else has one - There some key attractions which have made the switch. Our visitors do not want it - survey’s show the majority of the UK population want to see attractions make the switch. We already sell Fairtrade chocolate- many venues may sell Fairtrade brands in their cafe or in their shop but that is not the same as a souvenir bar which carries the name and image of the attraction. This campaign is about making every tourist chocolate bar a Fairtrade bar. Who are we? This campaign is sponsored by The Meaningful Chocolate Company. See 

Meaningful Chocolate
300 supporters