Sustainable sourcing

Leader speak

Katy Tubb

Director, Tea Buying & Blending, Tata Global Beverages Limited

Tata Global Beverages has had an active agenda on the sustainable sourcing of raw teas for many years. Our aim is to ensure that we source our teas from producers who meet good social and environmental standards, from across the world. We began working with Ethical Tea Partnership (ETP), as one of the founding members in 1997, to help achieve this. We are committed to sourcing 100% from Rainforest Alliance Certified™ farms for all our Tetley-branded teas in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and Canada, America and Australia regions by 2016, and are on-track to achieve this, with inclusion rates of 50% or more certified content in many blends. We are also the founding members of the Trustea initiative in India, a multi-stakeholder initiative led by the Tea Board of India, to sustainably transform the Indian tea industry.

Our ethical sourcing experience has shown to us that a lot of progress can be made even with difficult problems. The best way to do this is by talking to and working with others. We involve other partners who bring different expertise, viewpoints and past experiences on similar issues in different sectors. The secret is not to re-invent the wheel, but to make the best use of our time and resources by tapping into the knowledge and experience that others have already developed. In our case, we work together with other tea packers, producers and trade organisations. We work with other industry sectors (e.g., retailers and other commodities), unions, certification schemes (such as Rainforest Alliance, Fairtrade, Trustea and UTZ), governmental agencies and non-governmental organisations to find sustainable solutions.