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Malawi 2020 – Revitalising the Malawi Tea Industry

18th December 2014

We’re co-ordinating a large-scale programme in partnership with Oxfam, the Tea Association of Malawi, IDH – the Sustainable Trade Initiative, and GIZ to revitalise the Malawian tea sector. The objective is to achieve a competitive industry where workers earn a living wage and smallholders are thriving.

ETP: Supporting Smallholder Tea Farmers (part 1)

ETP: Supporting Smallholder Tea Farmers (part 1)

Part 1 of how ETP is supporting smallholder tea farming communities.

ETP - Supporting Smallholders Part 2

ETP: Supporting Smallholder Tea Farmers (part 2)

Part 2 of how ETP is supporting smallholder tea farming communities.

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How ETP’s Work Impacts on the United Nations MDGs

17th December 2014

A look at how our projects and programmes impact on the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Pushing Boundaries

ETP: Pushing Boundaries

13th December 2014

An overview of how we’re improving tea sustainability by tackling deeper and more complex issues.

TEAM UP 2014 Report

TEAM UP 2014 Report

21st July 2014

The TEAM UP 2014 Report captures insight and learnings from the day.

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Addressing the Effects of Climate Change, Kenya

3rd July 2014

Together with the German Development Agency – GIZ, we’ve helped more than 100,000 farmers in Kenya increase their resilience to climate change. This case study highlights how we helped and what’s been achieved so far.

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Supporting Burundian Tea Producers and Smallholders

We worked with Taylors of Harrogate and the Tea Office of Burundi to improve the lives of workers and smallholders, by addressing problems with consistency and low social and environmental standards.

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Mitigating climate change in the tea sector

1st April 2014

The manual provides a set of tools and resources to support the tea sector, particularly tea factories and tea farmers, in addressing climate change mitigation and lowering their carbon emissions. The manual was produced in close association with Rainforest Alliance and FLO-CERT as part of a project funded by International Trade Centre (a joint agency between World Trade Organization and United Nations).

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ETP Strategy – the next 3 years

18th February 2014

Find out how the team at ETP will continue to drive change in tea supply chains over the next 3 years for the benefit of everyone associated with tea.

ETP Global Standard - May 2013

ETP Global Standard

13th January 2014

The ETP Global Standard outlines the international social and environmental criteria that producers are measured against. The social and labour provisions are based on the Ethical Trade Initiative base code which covers all relevant International Labour Organisation (ILO) core conventions.

A Different Cup of Tea - The Business Case for Empowering Workers in the Sri Lankan Tea Sector (CARE International)

A Different Cup of Tea: The Business Case for Empowering Workers in the Sri Lankan Tea Sector

2nd October 2013

We worked closely with CARE International and successfully implemented Community Development Forums (CDFs) on tea estates. These ‘mini-parliaments’ allow development priorities and labour conditions to be negotiated and decided in a transparent way between workers, management, and other parties.

An independent assessment by the New Economics Foundation showed a 1:26 return on investment for estates, plus additional gains for workers and the community. The report identifies the business case for CDFs.

Introducing the Ethical Tea Partnership (ETP)

1st October 2013

In this issue we look at our work with Oxfam on wages, give an update on our Indonesian smallholder project with IDH, and highlight how our climate change programmes are developing in East Africa amongst other things.

TEAM UP 2013

TEAM UP 2013 Overview

30th August 2013

TEAM UP 2013 welcomed key players from across the supply chain and around the world to discuss the next steps in tea sustainability. The TEAM UP 2013 Overview captures insight and learnings from the day.

Improving the livelihoods of Indonesian Smallholders

Improving the livelihoods of smallholder farmers, Indonesia

12th August 2013

We’re partnering with IDH on a three-year project to help more than 1,000 smallholder farmers from West Java and West Sumatra to make better livings from tea. The report explains how through training on good practice farming and increased cooperative support, the project is helping to raise smallholder plot productivity, leaf quality, and access to international markets. It also provides insight from the project team.

Composting poster

How to make compost

9th July 2013

Climate change poster

Adapting to climate change poster

Climate change poster translated

Adapting to climate change poster (Kikuyu translation)

Delivering change

Delivering Change

8th July 2013

A comprehensive guide about how our work is improving the sustainability of tea production, the lives of tea workers, and the environment in which tea is produced.

Understanding wage issues in the tea industry

Understanding Wage Issues in the Tea Industry

1st May 2013

The report assesses the pay and benefits of workers on tea plantations in Malawi, India and Indonesia, identifies the systemic problems that are locking in low wages, wages that are often less than what is needed to cover households’ basic needs, and most importantly, outlines how the project participants will use their various spheres of influence to bring new organisations into the project and develop action plans to tackle the issues raised.

An Industry in Transition

An industry in transition (Sri Lanka)

11th March 2013

A report that highlights the emerging threats and opportunities faced by the Sri Lankan tea industry, focusing on plantation communities, and outlining options for addressing the challenges. The report is based on a multi stakeholder discussion convened by the Ethical Tea Partnership (ETP), World University Service of Canada (WUSC), and CARE Sri Lanka, and facilitated by the Centre for Poverty Analysis (CEPA).

Training manual - Extension Officer Climate Change Adaptation

Adapting to climate change manual

6th March 2013

The ETP and GIZ have produced a free training manual to help smallholder farmers increase their resilience to climate change. The manual shows good practice farming methods and has been designed for KTDA (Kenya Tea Development Agency) training staff that work directly with farmers to change practices and increase resilience. The manual is part of a wider 3-year project to help more than 50,000 farmers in Kenya.

Talking Tea Issue 9

Talking Tea, Issue 9

12th December 2012

Read about our latest sustainability initiatives

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Introducing Ethical Tea Partnership

5th July 2012

Find out how our projects, programmes and partnerships are improving the sustainability of tea supply chains.

Promoting fair work environments Kenya

Promoting fairer working environments, Kenya

30th May 2012

Harassment and discrimination are hard to identify and address through traditional monitoring and auditing. The case study describes ETP’s experience of rolling out ETI’s Supervisor Management Training programme to promote equal treatment in the workplace, and reduce discrimination and abusive behaviour in Kenyan factories.

Case study India

Instilling good practice: Strategic partnerships to build capacity, India

This case study outlines how ETP’s partnerships with expert organisations in India has enabled the roll-out of training on health and safety and environmental management, two key areas covered by the ETP Global Standard that many producers struggle with. It also highlights ETP’s work with the Nature Conservation Foundation aimed at resolving conflicts between workers and endangered Asian elephants on Assam tea estates.

Improving the livelihoods of smallholder farmers, Indonesia

In Indonesia many smallholder farmers struggle to make a living from tea due to issues with leaf quality, low yields and inefficient organisational support. ETP’s three year partnership with IDH (the Dutch government funded Sustainable Trade Initiative) aims to address these issues, and to raise awareness of the social and environmental standards expected by western markets and certification programmes.

Case Study China

Supporting Chinese Producers

This case study provides an overview of ETP’s work in China, outlining how ETP has expanded it’s support programmes from factory health and safety, and the safe use of agrochemical training, through to initiatives that are improving employment and HR practices.

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Securing tea supply and livelihoods: Adapting to climate change, Kenya

Over the coming decades climate change will affect where and how tea is grown. In Kenya smallholders are particularly vulnerable, and for this reason, ETP and GIZ (the German Development Agency) have developed a three-year partnership to assist 50,000 farmers to adapt.

The case study outlines how climate change will affect the suitability for growing tea in various regions of Kenya, and explores how collaboration between organisations and the building of adaption capacity will increase smallholder resilience to such changes.

Case study Helping at the heart of tea communities Sri Lanka

Helping at the heart of tea communities, Sri Lanka

3rd February 2012

An overview of the positive developments that Community Development Forums (CDFs) have made on 13 ETP monitored estates.

Talking Tea Issue 8

Talking Tea, Issue 8

15th November 2011

Read about our latest sustainability initiatives.

Ethical Tea Partnership Overview

7th July 2011

Find out more about Ethical Tea Partnership, what we do and some of our latest sustainability projects.

Climate change report from Kericho

20th June 2011

On the 16 May Ethical Tea Partnership and the German Development Agency (GIZ) gave an overview of their 3 year public private partnership to support approximately 10,000 vulnerable farmers. Over 60 representatives of tea producers, tea buyers, Kenyan Government officials, tea institutions, NGOs and development organisations met in Kericho to discuss the opportunities and challenges associated with climate change adaptation in the Kenyan tea sector.

Enabling change

Enabling change across the tea sector

9th May 2011

An overview of some of ETP’s social and environmental projects that are improving the sustainability of the tea industry. ..

Talking Tea Issue 7

Talking Tea, Issue 7

28th March 2011

Read about our latest sustainability initiatives.

Talking Tea Issue 6

Talking Tea, Issue 6

Issue 6 – September 2009

Talking Tea, Issue 5

Read about our latest sustainability initiatives.

Talking Tea Issue 4

Talking Tea, Issue 4

Read about our latest sustainability initiatives.