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Ethical Tea Partnership on the International Women's Day


International Women's Day 2019 is a welcome occasion to celebrate our Ethical Tea Partnership and its successes to date. The Ethical Tea Partnership (ETP) is a non-profit organization of tea traders like Alveus and selected tea farmers. The goal is a flourishing tea trade - social, fair, environmentally friendly and sustainable.

Founded in 1997, ETP improves the working conditions of tea workers, the supply chain and environmental and climate protection. The Ethical Tea Partnership is active in all major tea growing regions: Argentina, Brazil, China, India (Assam, Kerala and Tamil Nadu), Indonesia, Kenya, Malawi, Sri Lanka and Tanzania. Together, these countries produce and export over 85% of the world's tea. Nevertheless, these areas are among the poorest in the world.

Fair work at fair conditions

Fair and safe working conditions cannot be taken for granted. Particularly in countries where tea is grown, international standards are often not given. This is where the Ethical Tea Partnership comes in at all levels. In close cooperation with local governments, producers, NGOs and aid organisations, the Ethical Tea Partnership works for fairer wages - especially for women -, adequate hazard protection and against the exploitation of children.

Help for women directly on the spot in the tea plantation

Discrimination against women and minorities happens in everyday life. The Ethical Tea Partnership has developed special training courses for gender roles with a focus on gender issues: Sensitisation, awareness, advocacy and violence-specific gender roles as well as basic human rights.

New perspectives for girls and women

Poor career prospects for young people, especially girls, are a major problem in the still common in many tea-growing countries and a major hurdle. Ethical Tea Partnership works with selected organisations to find sustainable solutions to these problems.
Only in Kenya, 54 women work as members of the supervisory boards of tea factories. Two other women even hold the chairmanship of a large tea company.

Educating and promoting small farmers

Overall, it is estimated that around 70% of total tea production comes from over 80 million small farmers in Asia and Africa. Although smallholders are of enormous importance for tea production, it is becoming increasingly difficult for them to cover their living costs. Reasons for this include small, low-yield plantations and outdated, inefficient cultivation methods. Many tea farmers lack the financial means to invest in new tea plants.

The Ethical Tea Partnership promotes training to help tea farmers increase their yields. The aim is to increase the production of tea while at the same time producing high-quality tea, and to give small farmers access to affordable financing alternatives to implement new tea plantations, modernisations or business expansions.

Bio, environment, climate. And sustainability

The cultivation of food can have serious effects on the environment if improper or irresponsible action is taken. For example, incorrect use of agrochemicals can lead to contamination of soil and groundwater.

The Ethical Tea Partnership helps tea producers analyze and optimize incidents and improve workflows to protect soil, water and wildlife.
The organisation also informs small farmers and manufacturers about the effects of climate change. The ETP shows the resulting new demands on tea production and offers possible scenarios for farmers to continue tea cultivation in a high quality and lucrative way despite the new, changed weather conditions.

Applied assistance through monitoring and certification

The ETP cooperates with well-known organisations such as UNICEF and CARE International to jointly finance projects. With this help, more and more tea farmers and tea companies can meet the ETP standards.

Successful monitoring and certification by Ethical Tea Partnership offers tea farmers further development opportunities and future prospects on the one hand and their customers and business partners, international tea traders, quality guarantees and delivery guarantees on the other.

Improving tea means improving the world

After water, tea is the drink that is drunk the most worldwide. To improve the world of tea is to improve the world.

We, at Alveus, know that there is still a long way to go before we can achieve a socially, fairly and sustainably flourishing tea trade - for generations to come. All the more important is the promotion of international NGOs with recognised monitoring and certificates such as the ETP. For these reasons Alveus has been supporting the Ethical Tea Partnership since 2015.

* Read more about the Ethical Tea Partnership.

From 08 March, 2019