Sourcing tea with care

Following the publication of its progress report on its responsible sourcing programme, New Food offers an overview of how Twinings is making positive change within the communities of its supply chain.

Next to water, tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world.1 Around 100 million cups of tea are consumed on a daily basis by the British alone,2 while the comforting drink can be found in almost 80 percent of US households.1 However, the many thousands of people who grow, tend and harvest the tea and herbs we have become so fond of are facing a variety of challenges, from climate change to gender inequality.

Acknowledging this, Twinings has created a supply chain in which its tea is 100 percent ethically sourced. “Certification is just the first step – we go above and beyond,” said Céline Gilart, Twinings’ Head of Social Impact. The company achieves this via its Sourced with Care programme, which was launched in 2016 and aims to improve the lives of the communities within its supply chain via a variety of projects and outreach initiatives…