Sainsbury's Fairtrade stunt 2018

In April 2018 it was announced that Sainsbury’s would buy ASDA, currently owned by US giant Walmart, to become the largest supermarket in the UK. Will Sainsbury's keep its commitment to Fairtrade in its marriage to ASDA? 

Tell Sainsbury's: Don't Ditch Fairtrade

Sainsbury’s is the largest retailer of Fairtrade products in the UK. Last year they decided to abandon Fairtrade certification on some of their own-brand tea products and pilot their own scheme instead, known as 'Fairly Traded'.

We were concerned that this new ‘Fairly Traded’ tea, and any products that follow it, could mean an unfair deal for poor farmers and producers. During a day of action, hundreds of people wrote to or tweeted Sainsbury’s and visited their local Sainsbury’s stores to voice their support for Fairtrade.

It has now been a year since the Sainsbury’s pilot was launched and we want to know how it has impacted the lives of farmers and producers. In April we also heard the news that Sainsbury’s hope to buy ASDA to become the largest supermarket in the UK. We very much hope that Sainsbury’s will keep its commitment to Fairtrade in this move.

January 2019: We’re still keeping an eye on the Sainsbury’s Fairly Traded pilot. Sainsburys remains the world’s largest Fairtrade retailer and haven’t rolled out their Fairly Traded programme to other products. Good news! We look forward to an update on the performance of the pilot for farmers in 2019. 

Please ask Sainsbury’s to support Fairtrade.

Download this letter and hand it into your local store manager.

What exactly is Fairtrade?

Small-scale farmers and producers in the developing world often bear the costs and risks of trade, while global companies make the profits. Fairtrade products such as tea, cocoa, bananas and thousands of other top quality goods have been bought by companies for sustainable prices. Fairtrade ensures the world’s poorest growers and producers are able to earn a decent living and earn a premium they can put back into their communities.

Fairtrade Facts
  • More than 1.65 million farmers and workers in 74 countries now get a better deal from Fairtrade
  • Over 500 Catholic parishes across England and Wales are certified Fairtrade
  • One in every three bananas sold in the UK is Fairtrade

Why does CAFOD support Fairtrade?

CAFOD founded the Fairtrade Foundation in 1992 along with Christian Aid, Oxfam, Traidcraft, the World Development Movement and the National Federation of Women’s Institutes.

We believe we are all part of the global food system - which means we have the power to change it. Changing the food we buy and choosing products from Fairtrade companies is one of the ways we can help tackle poverty.

What is Fairtrade Fortnight?

Fairtrade Fortnight takes place at the end of February each year. It's a good opportunity to get involved with a CAFOD campaign and speak out for justice in solidarity with the world’s poorest communities.

Find out about Fairtrade Fortnight

Can our parish be a Fairtrade parish?

Your parish can sign up to be a Fairtrade parish today! Simply fill out the Fairtrade parish application form and return to CAFOD.

Find out what happened when CAFOD campaigner Vin met with Sainsbury's

Read about our day of action: 'Ditching Fairtrade: Not my cup of tea!'

Campaign resources on Sainsbury's and Fairtrade

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