Trader Joe's

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• Trader Joe's is a chain of grocery stores that offer organic foods and other natural products.

• Trader Joe's carries some Fair Trade products but does little to educate consumers about the importance of Fair Trade.

• Trader Joe’s is leading other food retailers in the phase-out of GMOs, carrying only cage-free hen eggs and not testing on animals.

• A recent investigation by the AFL-CIO affiliated Solidarity Center found that Trader Joe's is sourcing shrimp from plants in Thailand and Bangladesh where workers as young as 8 years old are subject to sweatshop conditions.

• Tell the company to apply its leadership and pioneering spirit to expanding Fair Trade and use Go Green to find sustainable, community centered grocery stores.

-- Profile Updated 03/02/2011

About Trader Joe's


Trader Joe's offers upscale organic and health foods in over 250 stores in 20 states. Trader Joe's is owned by T.A.C.T. Holding Inc. which also owns the ALDI food chain. In 2005, Trader Joe's reported sales of over $596 million.

Campaigns

Fair Trade Your Supermarket

Have you ever been frustrated by searching the shelves of your local supermarket for Fair Trade chocolate or sugar…

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Have you ever been frustrated by searching the shelves of your local supermarket for Fair Trade chocolate or sugar, coffee or tea, rice or fresh fruit, only to find none available? Our new campaign gives you the tools you need to join with other Fair Trade advocates around the country, pushing more and more supermarkets to carry products that are certified to be good for people and the planet.

Please follow the link provided to help your Supermarket become Fair Trade.

www.fairtradeyoursupermarket.org/


Adopt-A-Supermarket Campaign

Co-op America's ADOPT-A-SUPERMARKET campaign is linking up Fair Trade advocates with stores in their local communities to keep pressure on supermarkets to carry and promote more Fair Trade products…

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Co-op America's ADOPT-A-SUPERMARKET campaign is linking up Fair Trade advocates with stores in their local communities to keep pressure on supermarkets to carry and promote more Fair Trade products. Sign up to Adopt-A-Supermarket today. Tell us which store you are adopting and the location of the store.

www.coopamerica.org/programs/fairtrade/whatyoucando/supermarketcampaign.cfm...


Affiliates

There are no known affiliates associated with Trader Joe's .

Contact Trader Joe's


Trader Joe's
Monrovia, CA 91016-6346 USA

Phone: 626-599-3700

Web: www.traderjoes.com

Alerts

Labor

On February 6th, 2011, various labor unions, students, artists, and independent laborers gathered in front of the Trader Joe’s Uni…

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On February 6th, 2011, various labor unions, students, artists, and independent laborers gathered in front of the Trader Joe’s Union Square location and Chelsea location in New York City: the group demanded the supermarket chain to pay its tomato pickers one more penny per pound of tomatoes, effectively doubling their wages. The protest and the original demand has been led by the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW), who has already convinced other major food corporations such as Whole Foods, Subway and McDonalds to sign the agreement; Trader Joe’s has not responded to their requests in two years.

-- Washington Square News, 02/06/2011

Source URL: http://nyunews.com/news/2011/02/07/07traderjoes/


A report by the AFL-CIO affliated organization, Solidarity Center, released a report detailing slave labor and sweatshop use in th…

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A report by the AFL-CIO affliated organization, Solidarity Center, released a report detailing slave labor and sweatshop use in the shrimp-processing supply chain. Focusing on Thailand and Bangladesh, the Solidarity Center found child labor, low wages, poor working conditions and fear of retaliation among workers if they speak out. Conditions in these processing plants are similar to those in apparel factories that have been accused of labor abuses. Other companies mentioned in the report are Costco and Wal-Mart.

-- Solidarity Center, 01/31/2008

Source URL: www.solidaritycenter.org/files/pubs_True_Cost_of_Shrimp.pdf


Trader Joe's workers don't belong to a union.…

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Trader Joe's workers don't belong to a union.

-- Crain's Chicago Business, 05/17/2004

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Health and Safety

In February 2003, the California Attorney General's office took over a lawsuit against Kroger, Safeway, Albertsons, Trader Joe's, …

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In February 2003, the California Attorney General's office took over a lawsuit against Kroger, Safeway, Albertsons, Trader Joe's, Costco, Red Lobster, Andronico's and Whole Foods for failure to post warning signs about mercury contamination in fish. The state's Proposition 65 requires any business selling products known to cause cancer and/or birth defects to post warnings.

-- Marin Independent Journal, 01/17/2004

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Ethics and Governance

In 2001 the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a lawsuit against Trader Joe's over a 1999 incident in which a woman hir…

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In 2001 the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a lawsuit against Trader Joe's over a 1999 incident in which a woman hired to stock shelves and operate a cash register was fired after her supervisors discovered she had limited use of her right arm after breaking her neck in an accident. The lawsuit claims that company violated her rights under the Americans With Disabilities Act, which prohibits employers from discriminating against qualified individuals with disabilities in various aspects of the workplace. The company, admitting no wrongdoing, settled for $50,000 and sent another $10,000 to charity.

-- Food Inst. Report, 01/07/2002

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Human Rights

A three-year investigation by the AFL-CIO affiliated Solidarity Center found several leading U.S.…

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A three-year investigation by the AFL-CIO affiliated Solidarity Center found several leading U.S. retailers received shrimp from plants in Thailand and Bangladesh where workers as young as 8 are subject to sweatshop conditions. Some of the most popular retailers in America are named in this report, including Wal-Mart, Costco and Trader Joe's. The center found instances of sexual and physical abuse, debt bondage, child labor and unsafe working conditions are common in Thailand and Bangladesh's shrimp processing factories, and that Thai plants often use trafficked workers. The Solidarity Center's findings were supported by the State Department, which shares concerns about human trafficking in Thailand and worker abuse in both countries.

-- CNN, 04/24/2008

Source URL: http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/04/24/shrimp.retailers/