Our tea suppliers are taking important steps to support women working within the tea sector, putting interventions in place to tackle discrimination within the workplace. Initiatives introduced include female management trainee programmes, leadership training and apprenticeships, gender equality training and school mentorship programmes. We engage closely with our suppliers to understand the progress they are making on their initiatives and consider opportunities to enhance or develop these further.
SUPPORTING FAIRTRADE TEA PRODUCERS
It is estimated that over 390,000 farmers and workers produce Fairtrade tea across 11 countries. The challenges workers face vary depending on the tea growing location, however many face low wages, long working hours and lack of access to basic needs such as housing, healthcare and education.
Our commitment to sourcing Fairtrade certified tea supports smallholder producers by setting a minimum price, based on the sustainable cost of production, for the tea that we buy. This price acts as a safety net for smallholder farmers against volatile market prices. In addition to this, a Fairtrade Premium is provided directly to producer organisations for them to invest as they see fit, be it in education, healthcare facilities for their communities or training for workers.