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Sainsbury's

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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
100,390 supporters
This petition won 2 years ago

Petition to FENLAND DISTRICT COUNCIL

Please sign to urge Fenland District Council to approve planning consent for Sainsbury's Whittlesey, by Tuesday 30th June 2015.

Wisbech Standard published on May 20th the following: 'The warning was given by developer Bruce Smith, of Whitacre Management, at tonight’s meeting of Whittlesey Town Council. Mr Smith read out a letter he sent to Fenland District Council’s head of planning Graham Nourse earlier today. It read: “I write to confirm that if a planning consent is not issued by June 30, 2015, (including the completion of any required Section 106 agreement) then Sainsbury’s will be able to terminate their contractual commitments and withdraw from the transaction to deliver a food store and country park in Whittlesey. “Accordingly, any investment in job creation, consumer choice and the country park will be lost. “The public have overwhelmingly supported this application for nearly four years and so I would urge you not to lose sight of this date as there is nothing I can do once it has passed to recover the situation. “There are no other food store operators willing to come forward. Indeed from press announcements I would infer that Sainsbury’s, if given the chance and if they had their time again, would not progress this opportunity. “I cannot impress upon you enough that this is really a once in a generation opportunity for Whittlesey which if lost will never be repeated.” Mr Smith said the sign-off is only being delayed by “technical highway changes” and called for the consent to be approved without the planning application having to go back to the planning committee, a move he said would not be “a beneficial use of members’ time”. Mr Smith added: “Can you please advise me of the determination date for deciding these applications as a matter of extreme urgency as I am coming under pressure to make a public statement to supporters. “I and Whittlesey town are solely in your hands as to whether this scheme can ever be delivered.”'. Quite simply, if planning permission is NOT signed for and approved by Fenland District Council by Tuesday June 30th 2015, then Sainsbury's will pull out and Whittlesey will loose it's only hope at having any supermarket. Please sign to show your support.

Sarah Lamb
402 supporters