Raising Standards

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.

How we’re helping

At ETP we help tea producers and smallholder farmers meet international social and environmental standards. Our work makes tea estates and processing factories better and safer for the people that grow and produce tea.

ETP Monitoring Programme and Global Standard

The core of this work is done through our Monitoring Programme , which is free to producers. We use third-party independent auditors to assess conditions on the ground against the ETP Global Standard. The Standard covers the following social and environmental principles:

Social Provisions

Environmental Provisions

  • Freely Chosen Employment
  • Freedom of Association and the Right to Collective Bargaining
  • Health and Safety
  • Child Labour
  • Wages and Benefits
  • Working Hours
  • Discrimination
  • Regular Employment
  • Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures
  • Environmental Management Systems
  • Agrochemicals
  • Soil Conservation
  • Ecosystem Conservation
  • Water Conservation
  • Energy Use
  • Waste Management


Embedding Good Practice (India)

Embedding Good Practice (India)

We helped Indian producers improve in two key areas – healthy and safety and environmental management.

Good Human Resource Management (China)

Human Resource Management (China)

We helped Chinese producers improve human resource management practices by providing them with free training.

Tackling Harassment (Kenya)

Social Issues Training

We’re tackling harassment and discrimination, and promoting equal rights for women/minority groups at tea processing factories.

Raising Factory Safety (China)

Raising Factory Safety (China)

In China our factory health and safety training helped make tea processing factories better and safer places to work.

Malawi 2020

Malawi Tea 2020

We’re leading a coalition to help create a more competitive Malawian tea industry in which workers earn a living wage and smallholders are thriving.

Occupational Health and Safety (SL)

Occupational Health & Safety (Sri Lanka)

We developed an occupational health and safety (OHS) training course specifically for the Sri Lankan tea industry.

Improving agrochemical management

Agrochemical Management

We train tea workers and farmers to use agrochemicals safely in order to minimise risk to themselves, others, and the environment.

Monitoring & Certification

Monitoring & Certification

Our monitoring programme helps producers meet international social and environmental standards.


Improving Tea Communities (Sri Lanka)

We worked with CARE to improve living and working conditions on tea estates in Sri Lanka.

Raising Standards: Latest News

Working Collaboratively to Improve the Sustainability of the Tea Sector

8 September 2016

Ethical Tea Partnership (ETP) is a membership organisation of more than 40 international tea companies and retailers. We exist to improve the sustainability of the tea sector, the lives…

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Health and Safety Continues to Improve in Sri Lanka

12 September 2014

I was privileged to be invited by NIOSH (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health) to give a lecture on Occupational Safety & Health (OSH) Standards required for Planation…

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Latest Raising Standards Resources

Supporting Change in Assam (September 2017)

5 September 2017

Supporting Change in Assam (September 2017) Find out how ETP’s work with expert partners is contributing to change in Assam and improving conditions for tea workers, farmers, communities, and…

TEAM UP 2017 Report

27 July 2017

TEAM UP 2017 Report This year, at the first-ever TEAM UP held in Africa, we reflected on how African tea-producing nations are home to some of the tea industry’s…

China Supplier Conference Report

7 July 2017

China Supplier Conference Report The Ethical Tea Partnership China Supplier Conference held in Hangzhou, China on 6-8 April 2017, brought leaders from the Chinese tea industry together with representatives…