Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Emails to Tesco re NOT IN MY TROLLEY campaign against the use of child slavery in the Indian cotton fields to supply the shops with cheap clothes

 

my email to Tescos

Dear sir/madam

Over the last few years i have watched the price of your clothes fall, and have always been shocked as to how you do it, it does not take long to find out though that the clothes are using child slavery in India and as a result i have set up a facebook group to put a halt to this, as a loyal customer of many years i am sure that you can do your bit to help, i have asked my members at NOT IN MY TROLLEY if they would pay an extra 50p per item to stop this and 100% have said yes , my idea is that you have a dual label one with the price and another with the added 50p this would give the people the choice, also the money must go to the bottom of the chain to ensure the cotton pickers receive it and it is not stolen . i hope to hear from you with regards my worries , yours a worried customer

 

 

 

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Dear Mr Lowe
Thank you for contacting us and I apologise for the delay in my response.
As a founder member of the Ethical Trading Initiative, Tesco seeks to put ethical trading at the very heart of its operations.
We realise that this is a complex issue with many causes which we acknowledge are hard to address individually. However, the use of organised and forced child labour is completely unacceptable and leads us to conclude that whilst these practices persist in some countries, it is something we do not condone.
To this end, we require our suppliers to identify the source of raw cotton used in all Tesco clothing – and we will randomly audit records to ensure our requirements are being met.
In addition we are working with world leading traceability experts, Historic Futures, to develop and implement an online track and trace system to monitor cotton country of origin and provide greater transparency through our supply chains.
I hope this information is helpful to you and thank you again for your comments.
Kind regards
Kirsty McGregor
Tesco Customer Service
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