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An Overview of the Ethical Tea Partnership (Sept ’15)
11th September 2015
Find out about our latest projects and partnerships that are helping improve the lives and livelihoods of tea workers and smallholder farmers, the environment in which tea is produced, and increasing climate change resilience and mitigation.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.