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Supporting Chinese farmers and the environment to thrive

China produces the greatest volume of tea in the world, and much of it is grown by the 15 million small-scale tea farmers in the country. In China farmers are generally not tied to a cooperative or particular factory, and many have not participated in organised training.

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Improving working conditions in China

Given that nearly half of the world’s tea comes from China, it is not surprising that 80 million people in the country work in tea. The factories that process Chinese tea are varied – ranging from small, family-owned factories, to highly automated state-of the art factories. Similarly, human resource (HR) systems in place in the Chinese tea sector are also varied.

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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 of international buying companies to discuss practical ways of implementing sustainability in China’s tea growing regions. This reports covers key insights and developments.

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