Tea Workers

There are a number of issues such as discrimination of women/minority groups, poor nutrition, and a lack of opportunities for young people (particularly girls) that traditional auditing and certification programmes are unable to address. Many of these problems go beyond the boundary of tea estates and are widespread in countries that grow and produce tea.

How we’re helping

We work with a range of carefully selected partner organisations to address these issues and others for the benefit of tea workers and their communities.


Trialling an out grower model, Sri Lanka

In Sri Lanka, although wages in the tea industry are significantly higher than both World Bank and Sri Lankan national poverty line benchmark indicators, the industry still has difficulty…

Tackling Harassment (Kenya)

Social Issues Training

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

UNICEF project

Improving Young Lives (Assam)

We’re working with UNICEF to improve the lives of children living in tea communities in Assam.

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.


Improving Tea Communities (Sri Lanka)

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

Tea Workers: 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…

Posted in: Blog, Climate & Environment, For Business, Key Areas, Membership Pages, Raising Standards, Smallholder Tea Farmers, Tea Workers, What's New

KTDA’s Female Board Directors Change the Gender Landscape

17 August 2016

The inaugural Kenya Tea Development Agency (KTDA) conference for KTDA female Directors took place on 11 and 12th July 2016. Mr. Tiampati, the chief Executive Officer of KTDA, officially…

Posted in: Blog, Country, Kenya, Key Areas, Projects, Tackling Harassment & Discrimination (Kenya), Tea Workers, What's New

Latest Tea Workers 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…