Sainsbury's AGM faces protests over plan to drop Fairtrade tea

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Campaigners and shareholders criticise board for decision to replace ‘gold standard’ ethical label with its own ‘fairly traded’ product

Sainsbury’s has been accused of undermining the Fairtrade movement by experimenting with dropping the ethical mark for its own label tea.

A series of shareholders and campaign groups criticised the supermarket group for dropping Fairtrade at its annual meeting in London on Wednesday, in an increasingly fraught exchange with the company’s board. Outside the event, protesters carried placards expressing their concern at the development.

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