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7 Mär 2023

Twinings' response to allegations of sexual abuse on Kenyan tea plantations

At Twinings, we were appalled and deeply concerned by what was shown in the BBC Panorama documentary. Gender-based violence and harassment has no place in our organisation or supply chains. As has always been the case, Twinings does not own any tea estates and we do not directly employ anyone on tea estates or farms. However, we do source our tea from a variety of selected tea gardens and estates worldwide and, like many tea manufacturers in the UK, this includes Finlays in Kenya. All our tea sources can be found on our Global Sourcing Map on our website, which is updated annually. Since we became aware of the documentary, we have been in close contact with Finlays to understand the nature of the investigations and what actions they are taking accordingly. Finlays have confirmed that they have instructed a specialist NGO, Partner Africa, to conduct an independent investigation. Finlays have also confirmed that the individuals identified in the programme no longer work for Finlays and have been reported to the police. In addition, the Kenyan authorities have announced a separate investigation into this issue, which we fully support. While Partner Africa is carrying out their independent investigation, we informed Finlays that we will not be placing any new orders for Finlays Kenyan tea. However, we are committed to working with Finlays and ready to support them to help ensure they address the issues identified in the documentary ...

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