Staff and volunteers from the CAFOD Salford office recently visited Sainsbury’s, Heaton Park, to deliver a petition to the store manager.
CAFOD’s latest campaign action is targeting Sainsbury’s in response to their decision to move away from the Fairtrade label on some of their tea products, replacing it with their own ‘Fairly Traded’ tea. We are concerned that this could result in unfair deals for poor farmers. The Fairtrade Foundation has said that 229,000 farmers would be affected by Sainsbury’s proposed change, which is why it is so important to get involved and tell Sainsbury’s: Don’t Ditch Fairtrade!
The campaign is simply asking if you could get a photo taken in front of your local Sainsbury’s by downloading the tea mug prop. You could also follow this up by signing and giving over the letter to the store manager. Fairtrade and tea are two things that we feel particularly strong about in the Salford office, so we we happy to take the trip down to Sainsbury’s to pass on our concerns.
Volunteers from all over Manchester signed the campaign letter and we took our CAFOD banner, and tea mug prop down to Sainsbury’s.
Vin Allerton, a CAFOD volunteer and diocesan Fairtrade co-ordinator, asked to see the manager so that he could return his box of ‘fairly traded’ tea and explain our disappointment. Unfortunately, the store manager was unavailable on this occasion, but we were promised by a customer services assistant that our concerns would be passed on.
Vin Allerton said: “I just think that Sainsbury’s decision will undermine the Fairtrade logo, and cause confusion. It’s a step in the wrong direction and we think it should be reversed.”
Ann Wilson, CAFOD’s local representative, added: “Buying Fairtrade tea is a proven way to make a difference every time we drink a cup of tea, and the action by our CAFOD volunteers shows the mark is widely supported in Manchester and indeed, across the country.
“Sainsbury’s has been a leading retailer of Fairtrade products, making a real difference to the lives of tea farmers and their families in some of the world’s poorest countries. We’d like them to reconsider this decision to remove the Fairtrade mark from their own-brand tea.”
We enjoyed getting out of the office and getting involved with this campaign, and it’s so easy to do.
See what you can do to get involved, and if you do we would love to hear about it in the Salford office!