Quality controls (and tea)
Quality and safety go hand in hand. We follow Unilever’s own Guidelines on Use of Pesticides in Sustainable Tea Sourcing (this link opens a 482kb pdf). These guidelines match recommendations from the relevant authoritative bodies, including the World Health Organization, the Stockholm Convention and the Rotterdam Convention. We also recognize independent certification schemes, like the Rainforest Alliance.
Picking our suppliers as carefully as our teas
All growers and suppliers who want to work with us must have a plan in place for how they intend to reduce chemicals and pesticides – especially WHO Class III pesticides.
What’s more, they will need to have a provable track record of having reduced pesticides and chemicals in the past.
Education plays a part too
We’re also committed to our education program, which helps suppliers understand our long-term goals for sustainable tea production and sets out the strict standards of pesticide and chemical use they must meet.
All of this is part of our commitment to help not just brighten your day with the perfect cup of tea but to help brighten the future of our planet too.
Unilever Global Guidelines on Use of Pesticides in Sustainable Tea Sourcing ( This link opens a 482KB PDF file in a new browser tab ).
Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in international Trade.
Unilever Sustainable Agriculture Code ( This link opens a 1MB PDF file in a new browser tab )
United Nations Environment Program (UNEP). Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs).
World Health Organization. The WHO recommended classification of pesticides by hazard and guidelines to classification ( This link opens a 2.1MB PDF file in a new browser tab ): 2009. ISBN978 92 4 154796 3.