We run three main sustainability programmes to improve the social and environmental conditions on tea estates, factories, and gardens.
Monitoring & certification
Our monitoring programme, which we’ve been running since 1997, helps tea producers address issues and meet international social and environmental standards. The programme is free to producers and audits are conducted by third-party independent auditors.
This programme can help producers to achieve certification to Fairtrade, Rainforest Alliance, and Utz Certified.
Read more about monitoring and certification
We provide training and support in 5 key areas that producers often find difficult:
- Factory health & safety
- Fair treatment of workers
- Agrochemical management
- Environmental Management
Our training programmes help management understand their responsibilities to workers and the environment. Other training, such as Safe Use of Pesticides, ensures workers keep themselves and others around them safe.
Read more about our producer support projects and training
We tackle a number of complicated issues that go beyond the normal scope of monitoring, auditing, and certification. Issues include climate change, social development, and supporting smallholder communities. These work programmes are helping to safeguard future tea supply and livelihoods. Examples of these projects include:
- Helping smallholder farmers to adapt to climate change, Kenya
- Improving smallholder farmers’ livelihoods, Indonesia
Read more about strategic sustainability
If your organisation can help us to improve the sustainability of the tea industry please get in touch.