The campaign goes on!
Local churches back fair trade
In East Sheen
At 11 am on Friday 22 May, while Cafe Direct was served to
passing shoppers, children from Sheen Mount School handed over a giant till receipt and 3
large bags of till receipts to Waitrose supermarket in East Sheen.
They were supported by local churchgoers, the Mayor, the
local MP Jenny Tonge, and local Councillors.
Rev.Paul Kennington, for Christians Together in Mortlake
and East Sheen, explained that these represented £120,000 spent by shoppers from local
congregations of all denominations as part of Christian Aid's, Change the Rules campaign.
Gill Armstrong, Manageress of Waitrose in East Sheen said
"Our buying teams are well aware of the need and advantage of purchasing from
reputable companies who do not exploit their workers.
"Over the years they have developed close trading
relations with their sources of supply of own label products and as such have had a
significant influence on improving working conditions.
"In the light of current customer concerns, we are
reviewing our practices and policies in conjunction with non-government organisations,
such as Fair Trade, Oxfam, Cafod and the New Economics Foundation, as part of the Ethical
Trading Initiative. We believe the quickest progress can be achieved with all the UK
supermarkets working together on this project. It will take time but significant progress
is being made."
The Rev. Malcolm Johnson and members of the congregation
at St John's (some dressed up as pieces of fruit) presented a basketful of till receipts
worth £9,872 to the duty manager at Safeway supermarket.
Safeway's response admits that "the present position
is certainly not perfect and we freely admit that we are still learning about the most
effective measures to ensure long-term change".
And in Clapham
Over a hundred Clapham residents turned out on 13 May for a
candlelit meal to celebrate Christian Aid Week - and to draw attention to the range and
quality of fairly traded goods now available.
A cooking demonstration started off the evening, with
every item on the menu, fairly traded ingredients. A Fashion Show over the coffee tasting
brought the stylish new clothes in the Traidcraft and Out of This World catalogues to
Diners flocked to the groaning Traidcraft stalls to buy up
the food and gifts for sale. Everyone went away with freebies supplied by Christian Aid
and cafeDirect, an information pack on local suppliers and a clothes peg for collecting
their supermarket receipts for Christian Aid. The Feast, which was organised by Churches
Together in Clapham, raised over £400 for Christian Aid.
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