|The Ethical Tea Partnership at Work
|The Ethical Tea Partnership (ETP) was originally established in 1997 in the U.K.
by a group of British tea packing companies under the name Tea Sourcing Part-
nership. Many of their goals were much the same as those of Fair Trade, but
|Their early objectives were
to monitor conditions on tea
estates in countries from
which they (British tea packers and blenders)
bought their teas. They believed in a shared
responsibility for the physical, social, and
ethical conditions involved in tea production,
packing, and supply.
The ETP is a shining example of industry
leaders setting up a program monitoring tea
production methods and living conditions of
workers on tea estates, and finding ways to
improve them from within the tea industry
The Ethical Tea Partnership has grown into
an international non-commercial alliance
based in Europe and North America, who
independently monitor the lives of tea
|Funded completely by its members who are leading tea packers the ETP monitors tea workers
and estates in Kenya, Sri Lanka, southern and northern India,
Indonesia, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Argentina, China, and Brazil.
The success of ETP monitoring is based on its openness and
autonomy - independent governing of the tea industry by the
tea industry. Independent ETP monitors from PriceWaterhouse
Coopers visit the member tea gardens, taking notes of current
conditions, as well as any changes from previous visits.
Because they are already familiar with local
laws, customs, statutes, and languages, the
ETP monitors are able to observe and eval-
uate a garden's condition without prejudice.
Monitor's usually visit a tea garden for sev-
eral days, interviewing the workers, mana-
gers, and estate owners, along with any
village or community members who interact
with those on the tea estate.
The tea estates aren't asked to conform to
any harsh certification standards or econ-
omic models, and there is no cost to them
for participating in the program.
Any increase in price the individual tea gar-
dens might receive will be based on a high-
er quality product and the reputation gained by having their tea grown under higher standards.
The ETP's goal is to continue to improve the workplace quality, which will in turn improve
the quality of the product, giving tea buyers an added incentive to buy tea from ethically
As of 2008 the ETP expanded their global standard. It is now based on the Ethical Trad-
ing Initiatives base code principals, environment, and community issues, which are all
added to by trade union agreements and each country's individual laws.
More emphasis is being placed on setting up best pract-
ices in tea estates and factories, and on tea estate man-
agement systems that strive to maintain ETP standards.
ETP members can add the ETP logo along with the words
"working for a responsible tea industry" on their packag-
ing to identify their tea as being grown under ETP
standards. Some packers who endorse the goals of the
ETP will list the web site on their packaging, and many bulk tea sellers will list a specific
tea garden as being ETP monitored. Enjoy.
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