For big and small farmers
Of course, sustainability means looking after other people, too. Our tea farmers can be found in Kenya, Argentina, Tanzania and Sri Lanka – some of these plantations we own. Plus 1000 plantations and over 600,000 smallholder farms are sourced by us. And because we’re working on such a global scale, we’ve also teamed up with global organization, the Rainforest Alliance, to ensure that our tea offers a fair deal for all our workers.
Reaching wider communities
Being an independent organization, the Rainforest Alliance works with individuals, communities and companies (such as ours) to conserve biodiversity and ensure sustainable lifestyles. Our Lipton’s Kericho estate was the first tea plantation in the world to become Rainforest Alliance certified in 2007. And since 2015, 100% of our tea is sourced from Rainforest Alliance Certified tea gardens. It’s something we’re very proud of.
Improving the tea industry
Yet there’s always more to do. The Rainforest Alliance also encourages farmers to grow crops and manage their estates in a more sustainable way. This is done through environmental protection, social equity and economic viability. That means helping farmers improve their education and training while creating social rights, benefits and living wages for workers and their families. By choosing tea that’s certified by the Rainforest Alliance, you’re making a positive difference to the future of our farmers, their workers and the planet as a whole.