Tea workers in the field

History

The Ethical Tea Partnership was formed in 1997 when a number of large tea companies took the decision to work together to monitor and assure their own supply chains. At that time we were called the Tea Sourcing Partnership, this changed to the current name in 2004.

In 1997 our approach was ahead of its time – since then, the co-operation between companies has meant that we can now drive change in the tea industry more quickly than ever before.

We now have more than 30 international members from Europe, North America, Australia, New Zealand, and Sri Lanka.

Increasing Our Scope

Over the past 13 years we have grown in geographical scope, gradually covering all the major tea producing regions. We currently have 5 Regional managers based in Kenya, India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and China that support our work programmes.

Monitoring and certification

We’ve been monitoring estates in our members’ supply chains for the last 13 years.

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To increase our impact and to reduce the audit burden for producers we entered into collaborative agreements with Rainforest Alliance and Utz Certified (2009), and Fairtrade (2010).

Under these agreements we help producers to become certified and work collaboratively on tea sustainability initiatives.

Read more about monitoring and certification

Producer Support

In 2006 we started work on our first producer support projects. This has now evolved into a wide-ranging training programme that tackles a number of key issues which producers commonly face.

This programme directly helps producers to raise their performance against the [Download not found]. It can also help them in areas crucial to achieving certification.

Find out more about how we’re supporting producers

Strategic Sustainability

In 2010 we committed to tackling a number of wider problems affecting tea sustainability. The first two Strategic Sustainability initiatives of this kind were in response to the effects of climate change.

Read more about our strategic sustainability initiatives.