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Update posted 2 months ago

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
99,083 supporters
Update posted 1 year ago

Petition to Sainsbury

Stop "Boy Racers" Anti Social Behaviour at Sainsburys Penrith By Installing Barriers

By installing barriers at the Sainsburys car park in Penrith, Cumbria, the issue of Anti Social Behaviour caused by boy racers would be eliminated. Cumbria Crack have put together this petition in a bid to find a solution to the issue local residents are facing. Below is an example recently published on Cumbria Crack by a frustrated resident. A Penrith resident who lives close to food superstore Sainsbury’s, yesterday issued the company an open letter via Facebook regarding the late night noise emanating from their car park and in particular loud revving car engines. In the letter, Collette Tuer, mother of two said: “Every night last week I had to call the police about the noise disturbance coming from your (Sainsbury’s) car park in Penrith where the local (and in some cases, not so local) youth use it as a meeting place to show each other how loud their engines can rev.” She said the noise was particularly loud last Friday evening and that: “It was so bad it woke up my 3-year-old daughter at 11:30, then at 12:30, then at 1:30 each time the police moved them on.” Furious that Sainsbury’s don’t seem to be doing anything about the problem, Collette explains; “It has become clear to me that the police have no power to stop this and your (Sainsbury’s) management have no power to install barriers to stop cars getting in after the store is closed-although the noise happens when the store is open too. The reason you, Sainsbury’s, will not install barriers is because of the cost.” A spokesman for Sainsbury’s said: “This is something we’re aware of and are working to sort out. “We’re not happy with our car park being used this way either, and we’ve also been in contact with the police. “I’ve spoken to a member of the management team in store and I can confirm we’re looking into solutions to this problem.” In January a Kirkby Thore teenager was convicted of dangerous driving after doing “erratic” laps and wheel spins in the grounds of the store. Eden Police, Sergeant Tim Parkin told Cumbria Crack: “The anti-social use of motor vehicles is our main priority in Penrith. It generates more complaints and calls for service than anything else. It’s not just speeding but driving without due care and attention, aggressive acceleration and braking, sounding of horns and the unnecessary revving of engines. It often occurs where young people congregate in their vehicles. “We target those drivers who we believe are responsible and will prosecute when offences are committed. When we are unable to prove that an offence has been committed we will issue advice or a warning regarding their behaviour. “All complaints are followed up with either a letter or personal visit to the offender. We have worked with businesses in Penrith where previously there have been issues and they have installed barriers preventing access to their car parks outside opening hours which has resolved the issue at these locations. “I am very much aware or the issues at Sainsbury’s which is predominately about the noise which emanates from the car park. I have surveyed those residents who live on Castle Hill Road and I am aware of their feelings. “We welcome people informing the police of criminality and anti-social behaviour in their area and this can be done anonymously via Crimestoppers or by ringing 101.”

Cumbria Crack
216 supporters