Our Gold Label Tea Supply Chain

Our Gold Label Tea Supply Chain

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We source 100% of our own brand black, green and rooibos tea from either UTZ, Fairtrade or Rainforest Alliance third-party certification schemes. 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 towards higher wages with our certification schemes, or working with the wider industry to address more systemic issues.

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. In 2020 we extended our transparency to include worker information including worker gender splits from sourcing locations.

A full overview of the steps we are taking within our tea supply chain can be found here.

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Key Sourcing Regions

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India

Number of plantations: 9

Worker Gender: 40% Male; 60% Female

Region:

  • Assam
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Kenya

Number of plantations: 16

Worker Gender: 65% Male; 35% Female

Regions:

  • Meru
  • Baringo
  • Nandi
  • Kericho
  • Muranga
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Sri Lanka

Number of plantations: 12

Worker Gender: 40% Male; 60% Female

Region:

  • Matale
    • Upcot
    • Kotagala
    • Dick oya
    • Maskeliya
    • Bogawantalawa
    • Talawakelle
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100%

Sustainably Certified

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18,656

Plantation Workers

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37

Plantations

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45%

Women

Gold Label Tea Sourcing
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Working in Partnership with the Rainforest Alliance

Lidl GB work with our suppliers to ensure social responsibility, ethical behaviour and sustainability are at the centre of their business. Alongside this work, our suppliers ensure that sourcing facilities are independently certified, such as to Rainforest Alliance standards, to ensure a commitment to responsible and traceable supply of raw materials and influencing supply chains through sharing best practice.

Our sourcing communities in Sri Lanka are supported through their participation in the Rainforest Alliance certification to help manage their land sustainably, support the rights and well-being of farm workers, the conservation of natural resources and the protection of wildlife and the environment.

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