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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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3 July 2018

Yorkshire Tea, Twinings, Tetley, Clipper & PG Tips become first major tea brands to publish supplier list

In June 2018 Yorkshire Tea (part of Taylors of Harrogate) became the first major UK tea brand to publish its supplier list. The brand made the move following the "Who picked my tea?" campaign by Tradcraft Exchange. In August 2018, Twinings followed su...

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3 July 2018

Traidcraft Exchange campaign: Who picked my tea?

Author: Traidcraft Exchange

Many British blends include tea from Assam, where people get poverty wages, are scared to speak up and have no way out. The big British brands know this but aren’t doing enough to challenge it....

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15 January 2016

3 UK tea brands drop Indian supplier over work conditions

Author: Jane Deith, BBC News

Three of the UK's top tea brands have stopped buying from a group of Indian plantations after a BBC investigation exposed dangerous working conditions. The BBC found a disregard for health and safety on an estate in north-east India owned by Assam...

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8 September 2015

BBC investigates inhumane working conditions in tea plantations in Assam, India - brands respond

Author: Justin Rowlatt and Jane Deith, BBC

"The bitter story behind the UK's national drink", 8 Sep 2015...

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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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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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2 April 2009
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Author: Catherine Vincent, Le Monde [France]

...Unilever..., détenteur notamment de la marque Lipton, a développé une agriculture durable et éthique relativement exemplaire. Au point d'avoir reçu la certification de Rainforest Alliance... Pour un travailleur manuel, [Thomas Obiri, employé d...

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25 March 2009

Sense & Sustainability: Banking on greener tea

Author: Vanessa Farquharson, National Post

[T]he management at Lipton and its parent company, Unilever, are putting a great deal of effort into maintaining responsible labour conditions for their pluckers, not to mention enforcing a host of sustainable agriculture practices... Although most...

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14 August 2008
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Author: Rouba Naaman, Novethic [France]

Après les fruits et le café, l’ONG américaine Rainforest Alliance certifie les plantations de thé kenyanes du géant Unilever. Le label, qui sera notamment apposé sur les produits Lipton, garantit près de 200 critères environnementaux, sociaux et...

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