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6 Dec 2021

Outreach to 65 tea companies (producers, packers, retailers) asking for full disclosure of their tea supply chains and details on human and labour rights due diligence policies

In September 2021, Business and Human Rights Resource Centre approached 65 companies to disclose their supplier lists and complete a brief survey on their human rights and sourcing policies.

Our final list of 65 companies included 49 Ethical Tea Partnership (ETP) members listed on the website (producers, packers and retailers) as of May 2021.14 The non-ETP members include 13 supermarkets listed on Oxfam’s supermarket scorecard which retail their own brand of tea and three additional tea brands. All eight tea buyers which previously disclosed lists relating to Assam, India, in response to the Traidcraft Exchange Who Picked My Tea campaign, were included.

17 companies disclosed their supply chains and an additional three companies are listed on the tea transparency tracker bringing the total to 20 company supplier lists. Companies range from large multinational corporations and supermarkets to small family-owned companies sourcing just a few tonnes of tea and disclosures range from 100% of supply chain (10 companies) to partial disclosure (7 companies), defined by BHRRC as anything less than 100%.  This information is accessible via company pages on the tracker and via Wikirate here.

We also sent a survey of company policy and due diligence policies to the same 65 companies, 25 companies responded to the questionnaire on their supply chain policies and many provided additional information and supporting evidence relating to their codes of conducts and policy.

The full set of company survey responses and non-responses can be found below, company responses can be compared on the tracker page and observed in more detail on individual company pages.

If companies updated information following the publication of our report, they appear as responses to the report, found here.

Company Responses

Bettys & Taylors of Harrogate View Response
Jacobs Douwe Egberts View Response
Kroger View Response
REWE-Group View Response
Marks & Spencer View Response
Morrisons View Response
Whittard of Chelsea

No Response

Twinings (part of Associated British Foods) View Response
Bell Tea (part of Jacobs Douwe Egberts)

No Response

Yogi Tea View Response
East West Tea Company View Response
Ahmad Tea View Response
Jenier Teas View Response
Ringtons Limited

No Response

Aldi Nord View Response
Wollenhaupt View Response
Typhoo View Response
stick & lembke View Response
Ahold Delhaize View Response
Tetley (part of Tata Tea) View Response
Aldi Süd View Response
Unilever View Response
Teasup View Response
Ecotone View Response
Bigelow Tea View Response
Teavana (part of Starbucks) View Response
JING Tea

No Response

Ronnefeldt

No Response

Lavazza

No Response

Lidl

No Response

A.C.Perchs Thehandel Aps

No Response

Albertsons

No Response

The Metropolitan Tea Company

No Response

eteaket

No Response

Mother Parkers Tea & Coffee

No Response

Sirocco

No Response

Tea Drop

No Response

alveus

No Response

Newby Teas UK

No Response

Birchall Tea

No Response

Ostfriesische Tee Gesellschaft

No Response

Brew Tea Company

No Response

Project T (The Bean Alliance)

No Response

China Mist Tea Company

No Response

DJ Miles & Co. (Miles Tea and Coffee)

No Response

Reginald Ames

No Response

DAVIDsTEA

No Response

Sainsbury's

No Response

Steeped Tea (Steeped Fine Loose Teas & Accessories Inc.)

No Response

Booths

No Response

Edeka Group

No Response

TEA4TREES

No Response

Fortnum & Mason

No Response

Heritage Teas

No Response

J.J Darboven

No Response

Teapigs (part of Tata Consumer Products)

No Response

The Republic of Tea

No Response

Vorwerk Temial

No Response

Walmart

No Response

We Are Tea

No Response

Whole Foods Market (part of Amazon)

No Response

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