The HRIA methodology for our Kenya tea supply chain included desk-based baseline analysis, an in-country field visit with support from a local partner, an impact assessment using a numerical scoring system and an action plan.
The assessment considered the different perspectives of people that are affected by Lidl’s business activities, including potentially impacted rights-holders, and also engaged with key stakeholders along the supply chain. These included Kenyan smallholder farmers, tea estate workers, our direct suppliers and key Lidl staff, including commercial teams and buyers.
In addition to this, the process also engaged stakeholders beyond Lidl’s immediate supply chain, including trade unions, civil society organisations, Multi Stakeholder Initiatives (MSIs) and NGOs, allowing us to directly access rights-holders and improve our understanding of gender, small-holder producer organisations and the structure of the tea producing economy in Kenya for the European market.
Stakeholders engaged during field visit:
- Kenya Tea Development Agency (KTDA)
- Kenya Tea Growers Association (KTGA)
- Kericho Governor’s Office
- Kenya Plantation and Agricultural Workers Union (KPAWU)
- East Africa Tea Trade Association (EATTA)
- Ethical Tea Partnership (ETP)