Sustainable tea sector enhanced with Unilever joining the Ethical Tea Partnership

8 Mar 2017, in Tea - “With Unilever joining ETP, the largest tea packers in the world unite forces to take the much needed next steps in tea sustainability."

The Ethical Tea Partnership (ETP) announced to have welcomed Unilever as a new member. This brings 44 of the world’s most influential international tea companies and retailers together to drive improvements in sustainability across the tea sector by focusing on improving the lives and livelihoods of tea workers and farmers, and the environment in which tea is produced. Unilever has a strong commitment to sustainability and with their expertise in tea, they will play a key role in increasing positive impact in the tea sector.

“With Unilever joining ETP, the largest tea packers in the world unite forces to take the much needed next steps in tea sustainability, beyond certification on social issues such as gender, living wage, and nutrition”, said Jordy van Honk, program director Tea at IDH, the Sustainable Trade Initiative. He added: “IDH looks forward to continue and intensify its collaboration with ETP and its members on these issues. With buyers now strongly united under one umbrella it will hopefully simplify the collaboration with governments, producers, traders and civil society.”

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