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On 23 and 24 May Ethical Tea Partnership held its summer meeting and AGM. The following document provides an overview of the presentations and key discussion points from the two days. Summer Meeting Overview
Below are the presentations from both days.
ETP – leading on sustainable tea sourcing since 1995 (Katy Tubb, Director Tea Buying and Blending, Tata Global Beverages)
Katy provides an overview of the history of Ethical Tea Partnership and explores how the organisation’s role has evolved since its establishment in 1997. Today, as well as continuing to provide assurance to members on the conditions in their supply chains through its monitoring and facilitation of certification work, ETP also delivers positive on-the-ground social and environmental impacts at scale through producer support and strategic sustainability projects, programmes and partnerships.ETP – leading on sustainable tea sourcing since 1995
Adding value to members’ supply chains (Sarah Roberts, Executive Director, Ethical Tea Partnership)
Sarah outlines the content of ETP’s three programmes in 2012 and how they contribute to members’ business agendas by enabling them to demonstrate their ethical standards, protect brand and reputation and help to secure trusted supply chains, both now and in the future.Adding value to members’ supply chains.
ETP – adjusting to a changing world (Ian Midgley, Chairman, Ethical Tea Partnership)
Ian examines how key changes in global economies and demographics are influencing business and markets and how that is affecting consumer products companies’ approach to sustainability. He finishes by looking at what some of the implications of these changes will be for the tea sector and the way ETP should continue to evolve.ETP – adjusting to a changing world
A retailing perspective (Louise Nicholls, Head of Responsible Sourcing, Marks and Spencer)
Louise outlines how Marks and Spencer’s award winning sustainability programme, Plan A has developed and how it will need to evolve in the future. Louise explains the work they have done in their tea supply chains, the partners they have used and the benefits and lessons they have learned from their work. She gives her perspective on the key remaining challenges and explains why she is working with ETP.A retailing perspective (Marks and Spencer)
How can we build sustainability in tea farming (James Foster, Director, Tanzania Chai Project, Wood Family Trust)
James takes us through the work his organisation has been doing on the economics of smallholder farming. He explains how they are attempting to break the ‘vicious cycle’ of low quality and productivity, leading to low prices and low investment and suggests how buyers can support positive change.How can we build sustainability in tea farming