Tea is one of the most popular drinks in the world. Every year we sell over ten thousand tonnes of tea, from our Gold and Red Label blends to our speciality single origin teas from Assam and Ceylon. Generally, tea is produced on either large estates or smallholder farms across Eastern Africa and Asia and is blended together into the products we sell.
There are several sustainability challenges facing global tea production, including biodiversity loss, soil erosion and low incomes for people employed within the industry. We are working closely with recognised schemes to ensure that tea producers within our supply chains receive adequate training and support in these key areas, helping to secure a sustainable future for tea producers around the world. In 2018, our Knightsbridge Gold Tea Bags were sourced from 100% Rainforest Alliance certified sources.
We recognise the social and environmental challenges facing tea production, and although we sell a small amount in comparison to the global output, we are committed to doing what we can to promote sustainable production, whether that means working with third party schemes to work towards higher wages, or working with the wider industry to address more systemic issues. In order to take the right steps, it is important that we understand our supply chain and work collaboratively to drive progress.
The supply list below, updated every year, forms part of our commitment to building transparency within supply chains and includes the countries and regions of all major grower sites.