Strong Vend offers tea products that support the Ethical Tea Partnership (ETP), a non-commercial organisation that brings together many of the largest tea producers in a commitment to providing tea that is ethically sourced as well as providing fair conditions for workers on their estates.
ETP members buy tea only from estates that are included in the initiative. The initiative covers more than 60 brands of tea sold across 40 countries. ETP is using independent monitors to check that conditions on tea estates meet or exceed local laws, trade union agreements and some international standards.
As of 2005, ETP had monitored just over half the estates supplying its members in seven tea-producing regions: North India, Indonesia, Kenya, Sri Lanka, Malawi, Tanzania and Zimbabwe.
It has improved conditions for tea workers and their families by:
– providing free housing and medical care for their 80,000 dependents.
– funding 19 primary schools and four secondary schools.
ETP is also encouraging use of renewable energy sources (such as eucalyptus instead of coal) to dry tea and has planted 100,000 trees.
Go to www.ethicalteapartnership.org to find out more.