As with all work environments, it’s important that tea estates and processing factories conform to good social and environmental standards. Without them, workers can be subjected to unsafe working conditions, unfair human resource practices (e.g. hiring, job allocation, career opportunities, grievance procedures etc.), and the environment can be susceptible to degradation, e.g. water and soil pollution.
Many of the countries where tea is grown are poor and face deep-rooted problems that require a huge amount of change. These include poor nutrition, harassment and discrimination of women/minority groups, and child exploitation to name a few. Our work with strategic partners is helping to address these issues on tea estates for the betterment of workers, their families, and tea communities around the world.
Smallholder Tea Farmers
In Asia and Africa there are about 8 million smallholder farmers growing tea. Many of them struggle to make a decent living for a variety of reasons including: small farms, poor soil quality, and a lack of money to invest in new tea bushes, fertilisers, and water harvesting and irrigation systems. The effects of climate change compound many of these problems. We’re improving the viability of farmers’ incomes by helping them improve the quality and productivity of their plots by providing training and support, as well as helping them access international markets.
Climate & Environment
We help producers and farmers improve their environmental management practices in order to protect soil, water, and wildlife. Part of this work includes training farmers and workers on how to use agrochemicals correctly and safely. We also help producers and farmers understand the implications of climate change and increase their resilience to changing weather patterns and growing conditions.