In a bid to ease the burden on producers in origin, UTZ CERTIFIED has entered into an agreement with the Ethical Tea Partnership (ETP), an established alliance of international tea packers who share a vision for a thriving industry that is socially just and environmentally sustainable.
Given the overlap in the criteria required by the ETP and those stipulated in the UTZ Code of Conduct, estates who become UTZ CERTIFIED will no longer require ETP monitoring. This move will help streamline the certification process for tea estates and increase the speed at which certified tea enters the market. It will also enable the ETP to concentrate its resources on producers that are not currently being monitored by certification programs. The ETP will assist monitored producers that decide to work towards UTZ certification.