There’s no place like home
With 80,000 residents – 16,000 of which are employees – our Kericho plantation is home to a great number of people. And we’re committed to ensuring the conditions they live and work in are some of the best. We offer free solar-powered housing and clean water to all our Kericho workers and their families. Plus, we have 2 community hospitals, 4 health centers and 23 dispensaries, providing on-site medical care. In 2006, our Lipton estate won a prize for its HIV/AIDS program.
Offering a good education
We’re also keen on providing for the next generation. We provide nursery, primary and secondary school education to over 16,000 workers’ families on our Lipton estates in Kenya. And we ensure our employees are educated as well, with regular training programs at our Farmer Field Schools.
Globally, at least 86,000 of our farmers (46,000 of which are women) have attended these schools to help set best agricultural practices, improve quality and increase yield. Plus, we’ve helped nearly 600,000 small farmers in Kenya gain Rainforest Alliance certification – with Kericho being the first tea plantation in the world to get this certification, back in 2007.
A big hand for biodiversity
Part of being a farmer is to ensure environmental sustainability of the land we work. So we are keen supporters of biodiversity and natural balance in our tea fields. It’s why we’ve planted more than 1.3 million trees since 2000. And why 97% of our electricity is renewable (we’ve even built our own hydroelectric power stations to help with this). We grow eucalyptus trees on less fertile land so we can use their blue gum to power the boilers that dry our tea (many other producers use diesel to do this).
We also support the endangered Colobus monkey sanctuary in Kenya – as well as doing what we can to promote local wildlife with new initiatives such as our treatment of waste water. Plus, we recycle all our waste wherever possible. In one local scheme in Kenya, our waste is being turned into jewelry – which has not only proven to be a successful business but provides job opportunities for dozens of women at the same time.