We work with tea producers and farmers in our members’ supply chains to help them improve their work practices and ensure they meet good international social and environmental standards. We also help producers and smallholders achieve certification to Fairtrade, Rainforest Alliance, Utz, and trustea*, if asked to by our members.
We provide training and support on the key issues that producers commonly struggle with, e.g. factory health and safety, safe use of agrochemicals, human resource management, and environmental management etc.
We also run projects that tackle sensitive, complex, and deep-rooted issues that cannot be addressed sufficiently well through auditing and certification. These include: reducing harassment and discrimination of female workers/minority groups in the work place; improving the lives of young people in tea communities and reducing exploitation; improving living conditions and nutrition on tea estates; working towards living wage and benefits, and increasing climate change resilience.
Because of the way we’re funded, the vast majority of our work is free to producers and smallholders.
Benefits for Producers
- Increased access to international markets
- Reduced risk
- Safer working environments
- Better management systems
- Increased productivity
- Improved morale of workers
- Cost savings
- Free expert support/advice
*trustea is a sustainability programme for the Indian domestic tea market