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27 March 2019

Sri Lanka: Fairtrade & Rainforest Alliance investigate after illegal wage deductions exposed at certified tea plantations; Incl. co. comments

Author: Lisa Fuller, Thomson Reuters Foundation

"EXCLUSIVE-Tea label giants vow probe after Sri Lanka labour abuse expose", 27 March 2019...

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10 February 2019

India: Pregnant women are risking their lives to bring people tea

Author: Swati Gupta, CNN

"Pregnant women are risking their lives to bring people tea", 6 February 2019...

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Story
15 January 2016

Report says supply chain audits fail to detect abuse & preserve the status quo

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Report
14 January 2016

Ethical Audits and the Supply Chains of Global Corporations

Author: Genevieve LeBaron & Jane Lister, Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute, Univ. of Sheffield

The increasing use of private audits to monitor supply chains is serving to restructure the global regulatory system to privilege the private interests of business growth, profit and market advantage over the public interest and social goods of...

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Article
9 December 2013

Best Places to Work 2014 [USA]

Author: Human Rights Campaign

This year, an historic 304 major businesses…scored 100 percent on HRC’s Corporate Equality Index and the coveted distinction of “Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality.” These companies adopted a full framework of LGBT inclusion in the workplace,...

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Article
11 June 2011

The real price of a cup of tea [Kenya]

Author: Jody Clarke, Irish Times

Much of the Lyons tea drunk in Ireland is grown in a Kenyan plantation where workers say they’ve suffered sexual harassment and exploitation…Women face constant sexual harassment, wages are poor, promotion is based on what tribe employees belong to,...

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Article
1 April 2011

[PDF] What’s really in your cuppa? A special investigation into the hidden costs of tea, milk and sugar

Author: Ecologist [UK]

Each day, millions of us take a small bag, drop it into a cup, pour in boiling water, and add a dash of milk plus a spoonful of sugar...But how many of us have actually wondered what goes into our favourite drink, or where the principal ingredients...

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Article
26 January 2010

Ethics: ‘Islands of best practice in sea of poor to middling ones’

Author: Jane Bird, Financial Times

Unilever produces about 12 per cent of the world’s black tea. This makes it a good place to start implementing Rainforest Alliance certification for sustainable farming, says Miguel Veiga-Pestana, vice president for global external affairs…The aim is...

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Article
1 October 2009

Solidarity campaign for Lipton tea workers in Pakistan grows: actions in Australia, Philippines, Russia and South Africa

Author: AsianFoodWorker.net

In Sydney...on 1 October, Unions NSW (the peak body representing trade unions in the state of New South Wales) led a protest at the Australasian headquarters of Unilever as part of the Casual-Tea campaign for Litpon tea workers in Pakistan...activists...

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25 September 2009

Farm Workers' Wages to Increase Under Labor Agreement

Author: Jane Black, Washington Post

In what Labor Secretary Hilda L. Solis called a "huge victory" for farm workers, one of the country's largest food service companies announced Friday that it will buy winter tomatoes only from growers that pay a fair wage and offer good working...

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