Sainsbury’s: Don’t ditch Fairtrade
NSC News | Thursday, 26 October 2017 |
Juana Antonio Mendez Herrera is a small-scale farmer and member of a CECOCAFEN, a producer co-operative in Nicaragua, that sells coffee through Fairtrade. She is one of many women who are benefiting from the system.
Selling their produce through Fairtrade means that their co-operative receives a 20% premium over market prices. CECOCAFEN itself decide how to invest the premium in a way that strengthens the co-op itself, empowers women, and protects the environment.
Juana describes the direct benefits of Fairtrade: “The benefit for us of having access to the Fairtrade market is that we receive the Fairtrade premium. Before this things were often difficult, and the price we received was not enough to cover our production costs and living expenses. Now things have definitely improved.”
However Sainsbury’s, one of the UK’s biggest retailers of Fairtrade produce, threatens to prevent their Fairtrade tea suppliers from receiving these benefits by imposing - against the will of the farmers themselves - their own ‘Fairly Traded’ scheme.
What you can do
Sign the petition
Saturday 28 October Day of Action Sainsbury’s shops, telling the retailer not to ditch Fairtrade.