Latest on Sainsbury's "Fairly Traded" Mark Reaction
Thursday 14th September 2017
Many supporters have been asking what the latest news is regarding Sainsbury’s decision to drop the FAIRTRADE Mark from their own-brand tea, so here’s a quick update on what’s been happening over the summer.
Nearly 100,000 people have signed the Change.org petition started by Fairtrade supporter Barbara Gwinnett, and supported by Oxfam, CAFOD, Traidcraft Exchange and many more. The petition received a response from Mike Coupe, Sainsbury’s CEO, in July and you can read Barbara’s reply here.
In the last few weeks, a group of charities including CAFOD, Christian Aid, Traidcraft Exchange, the Women’s Institute, Tearfund and Global Justice Now have launched their own campaign to stop Sainsbury’s ditching Fairtrade. They’re asking supporters to campaign locally and have lots of ideas and resources available. You can find out more at dontditchfairtrade.com.
The Fairtrade Foundation remains focused on finding a way forward with Sainsbury’s that is in the best interests of the tea farmers and workers we represent, and are still hopeful that through discussions we can see their own-brand tea go back to being Fairtrade certified.
A reminder that you can find our latest FAQs here, our response to Sainsbury’s announcement here, and Fairtrade tea farmers’ response here.
And of course, please keep choosing Fairtrade certified tea and asking your friends, family and local community to do the same.
Read on for more news below and stay tuned for Fairtrade Fortnight 2018 (26th February - 11th March) information in our next newsletter.
Adam and Chrysi
Communities Campaigns Team - Fairtrade Foundation
An Open Letter to Sainsbury's from FAIRTRADE Producers
Go to the FAIRTRADE AFRICA site to read the original article (May 2017), or download our copy of the letter below: