CAFOD coordinators from Northampton, Clifton, South Wales, Plymouth and Birmingham dioceses were keen to let Sainsbury’s know how they felt about Sainsbury’s ditching the Fairtrade mark on their own-brand tea. After a regional meeting the group signed the petition and took it to the local Sainsbury’s store.
CAFOD regional staff campaign for Fairtrade outside Sainsbury
Sainsbury’s is the largest retailer of Fairtrade products in the UK, they’ve decided to abandon Fairtrade certification on some of their own-brand tea products and pilot their own scheme instead, known as ‘Fairly Traded’.
Tea farmers in Africa have publicly opposed the move away from the Fairtrade mark as it takes away their power to decide where to invest the Fairtrade Premium in their communities.
Debbie Purfield (Northampton coordinator) said, “We are concerned that this new ‘Fairly Traded’ tea could mean an unfair deal for poor farmers and we wanted to stand in solidarity with them and join our voices with theirs.”
The group shared their feelings with the store manager who was keen to know more about Fairtrade. She said she would pass it on to higher management.
A very big welcome to our diocese’s newest CAFOD group from Our Lady of Perpetual Succour in Chesham Bois. We’re delighted to have Monica, Beryl and Ann along with Father Andy, joining us in supporting the work of CAFOD, in helping many thousands of people who are living in poverty to transform their lives.
Welcome to Monica, Beryl and Ann!
Deborah Purfield (our CAFOD co-ordinator) joined the group this week to talk to them about ways the parish can get involved and build community. Some of these included campaigning, prayer and becoming a fair trade parish. There were also things people could do to such as switch to ethical banking and green electricity. Look out for more news coming soon on both of these!
Thank you Fr Andy and ladies for your wonderful support. We look forward to hearing about all the exciting and innovative things coming up!
If you’d like to find out more about how to form a CAFOD group or other ways to volunteer with us do get in touch.
Holy Family and St. John’s Parish Justice and Peace group made up 125 Christmas Gift boxes using Fairtrade goods from Tradecraft . Boxes were priced at £5, £10, £15, & £20. These were purchased by parishioners as gifts for family or friends. Holy Family and St. John’s is a Fairtrade parish and do great work to promote Fairtrade which is about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability and fair terms of trade for small-scale farmers.
Thirty of the £5 boxes were purchased by parishioners and donated to the Luton Food Bank. (The photo above shows some of the parishioners who donated the boxes, with one being presented to a representative of the food bank.). What a fantastic idea to support locally and overseas!
CAFOD is asking people this Christmas to consider buying items from Tradecraft. They have really lovely Christmas cards. If you buy them using the links given, or quote CFD16, CAFOD will get 10% commission.