Not everyone's cup of tea

Author: Robyn Stubbs, Vancouver 24 Hours, Published on: 4 October 2006

…thanks to a growing initiative to ensure tea pickers are treated fairly by their employers, you can feel good about wrapping your fingers around a steaming cuppa. "Consumers want to make sure the products they're buying are being produced in an environmentally responsible way and in an ethical way," says Katy Tubb, chairperson for the Ethical Tea Partnership and director of worldwide buying and blending for Tetley Group...Monitoring of employment standards is carried out independently by PricewaterhouseCoopers, which observes and evaluates areas such as, maternity, health and safety, housing and basic rights...the ETP is active in 12 tea-producing regions supplying more than 70 per cent of the world tea export...The following companies are worldwide members of the Ethical Tea Partnership: Accord Tea Services Ltd, Matthew Algie & Co Ltd, Bettys & Taylors of Harrogate Ltd., DJ Miles & Co Ltd, Drie Mollen, Finlay Beverages Limited, Imporient UK Ltd, Keith Spicer Ltd, Metropolitan Tea Co Ltd, The Nambarrie Tea Company Ltd., Republic of Tea, Sara Lee, Tazo Tea, The Tetley Group [part of Tata Tea, which is part of Tata Group], R Twining & Company Ltd [part of Associated British Foods], Unilever (Europe), Williamson Fine Teas Ltd and The Windmill Tea Co Ltd.

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Related companies: Associated British Foods Drie Mollen Holding PricewaterhouseCoopers Sara Lee Tata Group Tata Tea (part of Tata Group) Tetley (part of Tata Tea) Twinings (part of Associated British Foods) Unilever